Monday, November 15, 2004

Quotations #007

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"In history, the fetish of single cause is all too often only the insidious form of search for the responsible person -- hence a value judgment. The judge expresses it as: 'Who is right, and who is wrong?' The scholar is content to ask: 'Why?' and he accepts the fact that the answer may not be simple. Whether as a prejudice of common sense, a postulate of logicians, or a habit of prosecuting attorneys, the monism of cause can be, for history, only an impediment. History seeks for causal wave-trains and is not afraid, since life shows them to be so, to find them multiple. " -- Marc Bloch, The Historian's Craft, p. 193-194.

"Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience." -- Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo

"The fate of empires depends on the education of youth." -- Aristotle

"If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities." -- Voltaire

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