“The student is to read history actively not passively.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays, Share via Whatsapp

“I never go into the country for a change of air and a holiday. I always go instead into the eighteenth century.”

— Anatole France, Share via Whatsapp

“I die a Queen, but I would rather die the wife of Culpepper”

— Katherine "Kitty" Howard, Share via Whatsapp

“History s a bitch when you re in the middle of it.”

— Jay Asher, Share via Whatsapp

“History is fiction.”

— Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution, Share via Whatsapp

“marinate your mind”

— David McCullough, Share via Whatsapp

“if you don t write it down, then it never happened”

— Tom Clancy, Share via Whatsapp

“From the Bridge” The Importance of History Not all that many years ago the Importance of history would have been a “no brainer!” People understood that there was very little new under the sun, and history was a good barometer to the future. “Those that fail to heed history are doomed to repeat it, “was an adage frequently heard. It gave us a perspective by which to stabilize our bearings and allowed us to find one of the few ways by which we could understand who we are. The myth that George Washington, not being able to lie, admitted to chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree helped us create a moral compass. Abraham Lincoln’s moniker “Honest Abe,” took root when he worked as a young store clerk in New Salem, IL. The name stuck before he became a lawyer or a politician. His writings show that he valued honesty and in 1859 when he ran for the presidency the nickname became his campaign slogan. However, apparently ”Honest Abe” did lie about whether he was negotiating with the South to end the war and also knowingly concealed some of the most lethal weapons ever devised during the Civil War. These however, were very minor infractions when compared to what we are now expected to believe from our politicians. Since World War II the pace of life has moved faster than ever and may actually have overrun our ability to understand the significance and value of our own honesty. We no longer turn to our past for guidance regarding the future; rather we look into our future in terms of what we want and how we will get it. We have developed to the point that we are much smarter than our ancestors and no longer need their morality and guidance. What we don’t know we frequently fabricate and in most cases, no one picks up on it and if they do, it really doesn’t seem to matter. In short the past has become outdated, obsolete and therefore has become largely irrelevant to us. Being less informed about our past is not the result of a lack of information or education, but of ambivalence and indifference. Perhaps history belongs to the ages but not to us. To a great extent we as a people really do not believe that history matters very much, if at all. My quote “History is not owned solely by historians. It is part of everyone’s heritage,” was written for the opening page of my award winning book “The Exciting Story of Cuba.” Not only is it the anchor holding our Ship of State firmly secure, it is the root of our very being. Yes, history is important. In centuries past this statement would have been self-evident. Our predecessors devoted much time and effort in teaching their children history and it helped provide the foundation to understanding who they were. It provided them a reference whereby they could set their own life’s goals. However society has, to a great extent, turned its back on the past. We now live in an era where the present is most important and our future is being built on shifting sand. We, as a people are presently engaged in a struggle for economic survival and choose to think of ourselves in terms of where wind and tide is taking us, rather than where we came from. We can no longer identify with our ancestors, thus they are no longer relevant. Their lives were so different from our own that they no longer can shed any light on our experience or existence. Therefore, in the minds of many of us, the past no longer has the value it once had nor do we give it the credence it deserves. As in war, the truth is the first victim; however this casualty threatens the very fabric of our being. When fact and fiction are interchanged to satisfy the moment, the bedrock of history in undermined. When we depend on the truth to structure our future, it is vital that it be based on truthful history and the honesty of those who write it. It is a crime without penalty when our politicians tell us lies. In fact they are often shamefully rewarded; encouraging them to become even more blatant in the lies they tell.”

— Hank Bracker, Share via Whatsapp

“Read History To Create History”

— K Kapoor, Share via Whatsapp

“Somos os vencidos provisórios de um injusto destino.”

— Marc Bloch, Share via Whatsapp

“History is simply what s behind us.”

— Brad Meltzer, The Inner Circle, Share via Whatsapp

“All history is modern history.”

— Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose, Share via Whatsapp

“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.”

— G.K. Chesterton, Share via Whatsapp

“The historian is a prophet looking backwards.”

— Friedrich Schlegel, Philosophical Fragments, Share via Whatsapp

“Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.”

— H.L. Mencken, Share via Whatsapp

“History is a vast early warning system.”

— Norman Cousins, Share via Whatsapp

“We should use our imagination more than our memory.”

— Shimon Peres, Share via Whatsapp