"Speech is civilization itself ... It is silence that isolates." -- Thomas Mann
Mao Tse-tung (1893-1976) (or not, it's hard to tell. HT to Scott McLemee), on the meaning of the French Revolution: "It's too early to tell."
"Who are you? Why are you here? What do you want? What do you live for?" -- J. Michael Straczynski
"Of all our studies, history is the best qualified to reward our research." -- Malcolm X (Al Jajj Malik Shabazz, 1925-1965)
"History is the discovering of constant and universal principles of human nature." -- David Hume (1711-1776)