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A Quote by Thomas Gray on history, nations, and pain

The applause of list'ning senates to command, The threats of pain and ruin to despise, To scatter plenty o'er a smiling land, And read their history in a nation's eyes.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 16.

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on biography, history, men, and world

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on books, happiness, history, and people

Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books!

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Theodore C. Speers, D.D. on generations, history, humility, leadership, men, men and women, needs, people, power, religion, soul, truth, wisdom, and women

The gates of wisdom and truth are forever closed to those who are wise in their own conceits; they have always opened before the expectancy of the humble and the teachable. The great need of the religious soul is the capacity to be receptive. It is a matter of record that no generation of religious people throughout history has ever been lacking in the fellowship and leadership of men and women of rare intellectual power.

Theodore C. Speers

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A Quote by Theodor Mommsen on history

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History has a Nemesis for every sin.

Theodor Mommsen (1817 - 1903)

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A Quote by Susan Sontag on history and nature

Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.

Susan Sontag

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A Quote by Studs Terkel on children, christ, defense, funny, history, jobs, plants, soldiers, tears, time, tragedy, war, women, and world

The history of those who shed those other tears, the history of those anonymous millions, is what Terkel wants readers and listeners to come away with. What's it like to be that goofy little soldier, scared stiff, with his bayonet aimed at Christ? What's it like to have been a woman in a defense-plant job during World War II? What's it like to be a kid at the front lines? It's all funny and tragic at the same time.

Studs Terkel (1912 -)

Source: Coming of Age

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A Quote by Stuart Kauffman on accidents, argument, effort, facts, fame, growth, history, justice, needs, order, plants, reflection, and understanding

Pick up a pinecone and count the spiral rows of scales. You may find eight spirals winding up to the left and 13 spirals winding up to the right, or 13 left and 21 right spirals, or other pairs of numbers. The striking fact is that these pairs of numbers are adjacent numbers in the famous Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. . . . Here, each term is the sum of the previous two terms. The phenomenon is well known and called phyllotaxis. Many are the efforts of biologists to understand why pinecones, sunflowers, and many other plants exhibit this remarkable pattern. Organisms do the strangest things, but all these odd things need not reflect selection or historical accident. Some of the best efforts to understand phyllotaxis appeal to a form of self-organization. Paul Green, at Stanford, has argued persuasively that the Fibonacci series is just what one would expect as the simplest self-repeating pattern that can be generated by the particular growth processes in the growing tips of the tissues that form sunflowers, pinecones, and so forth. Like a snowflake and its sixfold symmetry, the pinecone and its phyllotaxis may be part of order for free . . .

Stuart Kauffman

Source: Stuart Kauffman in At Home in the Universe, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 151.

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A Quote by Steve Perry on day, death, history, learning, life, energy, people, time, and path

Well. There was noting to be done for it. Things had happened as they did, time's arrow had yet to be reversed by humans, done was done. If a man spent his life looking over his shoulder at every possible branching of his path he could have taken, he would never accomplish anything. One must learn from history so as not to repeat it, but one must not waste one's energy or time worrying about what might have been. Sorry . . . but people die every day and the galaxy continues on quite well without them. Consider yourself lucky you are one of those as yet unselected by the Fates.

Steve Perry

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A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on history and imagination

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

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