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The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. “Fear,” he used to say, “fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.” That blew me away. “Turn on … Continue reading

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Ah, I love her madly though I do, bolshy little waif that she is. She’s like a sister to us. Seven spanking years of history we’ve clocked up. That’s a third of her life and a quarter of mine. And … Continue reading

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Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history. —John Dalberg-Acton

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Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being. —Ken Burns

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I am passionately interested in understanding how my country works. And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America you have to know about the Civil War. —Ken Burns

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For this too I learned, that a storyteller’s tale may end, but history goes on always. —Jacqueline Carey/Kushiel’s Dart

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It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. —Neil Gaiman and Terry … Continue reading

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History is an underground river that flows underneath the present. Everything that ever happened keeps happening below us. This river empties into the present now and then. That is when catastrophe occurs. Historic catastrophes are sometimes caused by someone inadvertently … Continue reading

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But it’s amazing to think that when I went to B.H.S. we were reading the book “1984” as science fiction, while you read it as history. —Gerry Sikorski (addressing the graduating class of 1984 at B.H.S.)

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