History Of Mankind Quotes

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Chinua Achebe
“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Chinua Achebe

Melanie Joy
“Most of us believe that eating meat is natural because humans have hunted and consumed animals for millennia. And it is true that we have been eating meat as part of an omnivorous diet for at least two million years (though for the majority of this time our diet was still primarily vegetarian). But to be fair, we must acknowledge that infanticide, murder, rape, and cannibalism are at least as old as meat eating, and are therefore arguably as 'natural'--and yet we don't invoke the history of these acts as justification for them. As with other acts of violence, when it comes to eating meat, we must differentiate between natural and justifiable.
Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others

Charles Mackay
“Let us not, in the pride of our superior knowledge, turn with contempt from the follies of our predecessors. The study of the errors into which great minds have fallen in the pursuit of truth can never be uninstructive. As the man looks back to the days of his childhood and his youth, and recalls to his mind the strange notions and false opinions that swayed his actions at the time, that he may wonder at them; so should society, for its edification, look back to the opinions which governed ages that fled.”
Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Jessica Shattuck
“Years later, as a professor, Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted -- and to explore the effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul. Not a luxury but a compulsion. He will think of it every time he goes to a museum or a concert or a play with a long line of people waiting to get inside.”
Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

Eric Hansen
“Many collectors died in process of searching for new species, and despite persistent reports that the men died from drowning, gunshot and knife wounds, snakebite, trampling by cattle, or blows in the head with blunt instruments, it is generally accepted that in each case the primary cause of death was orchid fever.”
Eric Hansen, Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy

Isaac Asimov
“History was interesting to the extent that it was catastrophic and, while that might make absorbing viewing, it made horrible living.”
Isaac Asimov

Khuswant Singh
“When a man's instincts are evil, repentance has a short lease and brief is his gratitude towards those who have done him good.”
Khuswant Singh

“Emerging from barbarism is a slow process and as man is , geologically speaking, still very young, he has his whole future before him.”
Théodore Monod, Terre et ciel: entretiens avec Sylvain Estibal

محمد المخزنجي
“في الوقت الذي ابتزت فيه اسرائيل, ولا تزال, اوروبا والغرب عموما, وحصلت على كل شيء من الأباتشي الأمريكية حتى القنابل النووية الفرنسية, تعويضا على ما اقترفه النازي من جرائم مشكوك في صحتها ودقتها, تجاه اليهود, وتعويضا عن شتاتهم الذي صنعوه بأنفسهم, فان أكبر وأفظع شتات وعذاب في التاريخ الانساني هو الشتات الأسود الذي أخرج ما يقدره الباحثون بستين مليون إفريقي مات معظمهم في الطريق, هذا الجرم المشهود الذي صنعته تجارة العبيد بأياد اوروبية, عبر الأطلسي, ومن أجل ازدهار مزارع السكر والقطن في أمريكا, لا ينال أكثر من اعتذار خافت !!”
محمد المخزنجي, جنوبا وشرقا: رحلات ورؤى

Yuval Noah Harari
“So perhaps happiness is synchronizing one's personal delusions of meaning with the prevailing collective delusions. As long as my personal narrative is in line with the narratives of the people around me, I can convince myself that my life is meaningful, and find happiness in that conviction.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

David S. Landes
“As for me, I prefer truth to goodthink. I feel surer on my ground.”
David S. Landes, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor

Arkady Strugatsky
“He went into the Gray Joy, drank a glass of Arkanarian brew, patted the hostess's cheek, and deftly used one of his swords to flip the table of the usual informer, who was gawking at him with empty eyes. Then he walked over to a far corner and tracked down a shabby bearded man with an inkwell around his neck. "Hello, Brother Nanin," he said. "How many petitions have you written today?"
Brother Nanin smiled shyly, showing small, decayed teeth. "There aren't many petitions written nowadays, noble don," he said. "Some people think that asking is pointless, while others expect that in the near future they'll be able to take without asking.”
Arkady Strugatsky

Ljupka Cvetanova
“It's easy to write the history. All the eyewitnesses are dead.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

“The Highlanders are Great Thieves”
Cassius Dio, Roman Historian, 3rd Century A.D.

Julian Barnes
“Ах, век мифов и легенд. Шарлемань, рыцарство, горный Пиренейский
перешеек, будущее Европы, будущее всего Христианского мира на чаше весов, героический арьергард, рог зовущий на битву, человеческая жизнь, пусть сама по себе ничтожная, пусть всего лишь игрушка в руках случая, но тем не менее вброшена в столкновение более значительных сил. Быть пешкой действительно многое значило во времена, когда на шахматной доске стояли рыцари, епископы и короли, когда пешка могла мечтать о том, чтобы стать королевой, когда черные сражались против белых и над всеми был Бог.
Понимаете теперь, что мы потеряли? Теперь есть только пешки и обе стороны играют серыми.”
Julian Barnes, Love, Etc.

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Advances in technology can be empowering, progressive and enriching. History has shown this across civilisations and societies. But it has also shown, and the present and future will continue to show, that it is foolish, risky, flawed and folly without us raising our individual and collective consciousness and mindfulness to accompany it - to ensure we use it shrewdly, kindly and wisely.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Yuval Noah Harari
“The average person might well be no happier today than in 1800. Even the freedom we value so highly may be working against us. We can choose our spouses, friends and neighbors, but they can choose to leave us.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari
“Knowledge that does not change behaviour is useless. But knowledge that changes behaviour quickly loses its relevance.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Phil Mitchell
“History is not a bad thing. It just reminds us what to do and what not to do in the future.”
Phil Mitchell, A Bright New Morning: An American Story

“...the history of man is but a history of difficulties overcome – of mysteries made plain...and that Progress, incessant and continued, is the great law of the human race'
Dr Henry George Charles Clarke, 1847.
Quoted in Champion of the Quarterdeck (2017)”
Dr Henry George Charles Clarke

“When the true history fades, ask education and the unbiased story tellers”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Yuval Noah Harari
“Homo sapiens conquered the world thanks above all to its unique language.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari
“Any large-scale human cooperation - whether a modern state, a medieval church, an ancient city or an archaic tribe - is rooted in common myths that exist only in people's collective imagination.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari
“When everything is convertible, and when trust depends on anonymous coins and cowry shells, it corrodes local traditions, intimate relations and human values, replacing them with the cold laws of supply and demand.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari
“But in its extreme form, belief in the free market is as naive as belief in Santa Claus. There simply is no such thing as market free of all political bias. The most important economic resource is trust in the future, and this resource is constantly threatened by thieves and charlatans. Markets by themselves offer no protection against fraud, theft, and violence. It is the job of political systems to ensure trust by legislating sanctions against cheats and to establish and support police forces, courts and jails which will enforce the law.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Jostein Gaarder
“But if the history of mankind was her own history, in a way she was thousands of years old.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

Ellis Peters
“There never was, for all I could ever learn, a time when living was easy and peaceful.”
Ellis Peters

Jules Michelet
“L'homme, c'etait Thuriot, un dogue terrible, de la race de Danton; nous le retrouverons deux fois, au comencement et à la fin; sa parole est deux fois mortelle: el tue la Bastille, il tue Robespierre.”
Jules Michelet, Histoire de La Revolution Francaise

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“I ask: which of the two, civil or natural life, is more likely to become insufferable to those who live it? We see about us practically no people who do not complain about their existence; many even deprive themselves of it to the extent they are able, and the combination of divine and human laws is hardly enough to stop this disorder. I ask: has anyone ever heard of a savage man who was living in liberty ever dreaming of complaining about his life and of killing himself?”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

“Here are to the ones who have lost their personalities to preach truths without fear. What perhaps has been labeled as hate from the opposition. The Mavericks. The revolutionaries. Those who some of you labeled troublemakers. The ones who follow their souls, and are not a follower of a supreme being, a celebrity, or a demigod but love their country and want some form of change without returning to the status quo.

The ones who see things from another angle and have no reverence for the status quo. You can trash or bash them, disagree with them, hate or slander them. The only thing you can not do is isolate them or kill their ideas. A follower of their own souls; they are the ones who usually change the course of history, forever.”
Henry Johnson Jr

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