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Quotes About Historical Perspective

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George Clooney
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
George Clooney

H.G. Wells
“The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.”
H.G. Wells

T.S. Eliot
“The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Simon Schama
“Historians are left forever chasing shadows, painfully aware of their inability ever to reconstruct a dead world in its completeness however thorough or revealing their documentation. We are doomed to be forever hailing someone who has just gone around the corner and out of earshot.”
Simon Schama, Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
“Self-righteousness in retrospect is easy--also cheap,”
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Brynn Chapman
“He wondered at the atrocities human kind was capable of committing. The majority of those housed below were ill, mentally or physically, not witches. Most were poor victims--the outcasts of society; or the opposite, people so blessed, others coveted their lives.”
Brynn Chapman, Where Bluebirds Fly

Andrew Ashling
“But you didn’t mention Orrigar I, the first king of the House of Chaldarina. He put an end to years of unrest and civil strife. Neither did you mention Ronnick II, the one who reformed the monetary system and forbade the Great Houses to mint their own coins, thus stabilizing our currency. At the time it saved Ximerion from going bankrupt.”
“I’m sorry. I told you we weren’t big—”
“It’s not that, Hemarchidas. You remembered the fighting kings, those who brought war, destruction and ephemeral glory. Or those who ended tragically. You forgot the wise administrators, those who kept the peace, those who brought prosperity. You needn’t feel embarrassed, though. So did history.”
Hemarchidas looked at his friend as if he saw him for the first time.
“So, all in all, Hemarchidas, I’d rather history forgot me.”
Andrew Ashling

Marilynne Robinson
“We live in a moment in which old conflicts, much altered during their subterraneous years, have boiled up again. The struggle to own the past so that it can be made to serve contemporary interests has led to gross distortions. But it is true also that the experience of any generation is inevitably a warped lens through which to view the thought and the actions of any previous generation, especially when there is a lack of rigorous historical perspective to correct for these distortions. This second consideration may go some way toward explaining the fact that there are not two sides to what would otherwise be a great national controversy.”
Marilynne Robinson, When I Was a Child I Read Books

Juan Goytisolo
“El reino de los Veinticinco Años de Paz era sólo el fruto acendrado y visible de una subterránea labor de generaciones consagradas a la noble y dichosa misión de mantener contra viento y marea la rígida inmovilidad de los principios, el respeto necesario de las leyes, la obediencia veloz y ciega a las normas misteriosas que gobiernan la humana sociedad jerarquizada en categorías y clases sociales (cada una de ellas representando a la perfección su papel en el ilusorio teatro de la vida). Al término de tan vasta y provechosa experiencia el pueblo aprendía a aplicar por sí mismo los designios catárticos y en aquel espurio verano de 1963 tu patria se había convertido en un torvo y somnoliento país de treinta y pico millones de policías no uniformados.”
Juan Goytisolo, Marks of Identity

“When ideas are detached from the media used to transmit them, they are also cut off from the historical circumstances that shape them, and it becomes difficult to perceive the changing context within which they must be viewed.”
Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change

Frank Herbert
“These are illusions of popular history which successful religion must promote: Evil men never prosper; only the brave deserve the fair; honesty is the best policy; actions speak louder than words; virtue always triumpths; a good deed is its own rewards; any bad human can be reformed; religious talismans protect one from demon possession; only females understand the ancient mysteries; the rich are doomed to unhappiness”
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

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