Saturday, April 30, 2005

Quotations #054

"My father used to say that truth was like a rabbit in a bramble patch. You can point to it and say 'its somewhere in there' but you can't lay your hand on it." -- Pete Seeger, "Well May the World Go" with Larry Long.

"I think the world is going to be saved by people who fight for their homes. This is the lesson of the American Revolution." -- Pete Seeger, "Well May the World Go" with Larry Long.

"It's not enough merely to list x number of causes. It is the task of the historian to reduce a given list of causes to order by establishing a causal hierarchy, and to relate the items in this hierarchy to one another." -- Fredrik Logevall, H-NET (H-Diplo, H-Asia).

"At times history is so illogical that only tautologies are completely true." Albert Craig, Choshu in the Meiji Restoration, p. 20, n. 4.

"History, which is largely a record of the melting of minorities into majorities, records no instance of the survival of a group not segregated in space or not protected by a burning faith as by a frontier of fire." -- Zangwill, cited in Abraham Cohen, Everyman's Talmud, p. xxxv.

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