Jan 18, 2018

Will Durant on empire

... it is the fatality of empire to breed repeated war.  For the conquered must be periodically reconquered, and the conquerors must keep the arts and habits of camp and battlefield; and at any moment the kaleidoscope of change may throw up a new empire to challenge the old.  In such a situation wars must be invented if they do not arise of their own accord; each generation must be inured to the rigors of campaigns, and taught by practice the sweet decorum of dying for one's country.

~ Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage, Page 355

Will Durant on bureaucracy

The king dies, but the bureaucracy is immortal.

~ Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage, Page 363

Arthur Conan Doyle on history and legacies

What you do in this world is of no consequence.  The question is: what can you make people believe you have done?

~ Arthur Conan Doyle

Walt Whitman on war and history

The real war will never get in the history books.

~ Walt Whitman

Dan Brown on history

By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account.

~ Dan Brown

George Washington on learning from the past

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

~ George Washington

African proverb on historians

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always have their historians.

~ African proverb