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    Rafael Sabatini
    “Mind being the seat of the soul, and literature being the expression of the mind, literature, it follows, is the soul of an age, the surviving and immortal part of it.”
    Rafael Sabatini, The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • #2
    Neil Jordan
    “Don't you understand brother? I want to find a love...that will free me from this love...”
    Neil Jordan, The Borgia Apocalypse: The Screenplay

  • #3
    Neil Jordan
    “A prince may be seen happy today and ruined tomorrow without having shown any chance in his character. For the prince who relies entirely on fortune is lost when it changes...”
    Neil Jordan, The Borgia Apocalypse: The Screenplay

  • #4
    David McCullough
    “To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

    [The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]”
    David McCullough

  • #5
    David McCullough
    “History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. ”
    David McCullough

  • #6
    David McCullough
    “You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture.
    You've got to become them."
    (Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)”
    David McCullough, John Adams

  • #7
    Gore Vidal
    “On the throne of the world, any delusion can become fact.”
    Gore Vidal, Julian

  • #8
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Contradiction is what keeps sanity in place.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #9
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

  • #10
    Christopher Hitchens
    “Take the risk of thinking for yourself , much more happiness , truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way ..”
    Christopher Hitchens

  • #11
    Gordon B. Hinckley
    “It's both relaxing and invigorating to occasionally set aside the worries of life, seek the company of a friendly book and mingle with the great of the earth, counsel with the wise of all time, look into unlived days with prophets. Youth will delight in the heroic figures of Homer; or more modern, will thrill to the silent courage of Florence Nightingale on the battlefield...The power of Cicero's oratory may awaken new ambitions in the middle age, or the absurdity of Don Quixote riding mightily against a windmill may make your own pretentiousness seem ridiculous; if you think the world is against you, get the satisfaction of walking the streets of Athens with Diogenes, lantern in hand in broad daylight in search of an honest man...From the reading of 'good books' there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way. It is not enough to read newspapers...But to become acquainted with real nobility as walks the pages of history and science and literature is to strengthen character and develop life in its finer meanings.”
    Gordon B. Hinkley