„All these tattered old bits and pieces have a history and a meaning.“
Lyra's Oxford (2003)
Contexto: All these tattered old bits and pieces have a history and a meaning. A group of them together can seem like the traces left by an ionizing particle in a bubble chamber: they draw the line of a path taken by something too mysterious to see. That path is a story, of course. What scientists do when they look at the line of bubbles on the screen is work out the story of the particle that made them: what sort of particle it must have been, and what caused it to move in that way, and how long it was likely to continue.
Dr. Mary Malone would have been familiar with that sort of story in the course of her search for dark matter. But it might not have occurred to her, for example, when she sent a postcard to an old friend shortly after arriving in Oxford for the first time, that that card itself would trace part of a story that hadn't yet happened when she wrote it. Perhaps some particles move backward in time; perhaps the future affects the past in some way we don't understand; or perhaps the universe is simply more aware than we are. There are many things we haven't yet learned how to read.
The story in this book is partly about that very process.
„History is like a jigsaw puzzle, except every piece is from a different puzzle, and you try to make them all fit.“
— John Howe (illustrator) Canadian illustrator 1957
Lost Worlds : A visit with John Howe (May 2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGaxYZX-N3Q
Contexto: History is like a jigsaw puzzle, except every piece is from a different puzzle, and you try to make them all fit. Although you many never have a finished picture, the time you spend, I think you end up understanding at least the pieces.
— Aldo Leopold American writer and scientist 1887 - 1948
"Engineering and Conservation" ; Published in The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold, Susan L. Flader and J. Baird Callicott (eds.) 1991, p. 254.
— Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., livro The Disuniting of America
The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society (New York: W W Norton, 1993) p. 93
„"What is the meaning of life?" This question has no answer except in the history of how it came to be asked. There is no answer because words have meaning, not life or persons or the universe itself. Our search for certainty rests in our attempts at understanding the history of all individual selves and all civilizations. Beyond that, there is only awe.“
— Julian Jaynes American psychologist 1920 - 1997
As quoted in LIFE magazine (December 1988) http://www.humancondition.info/Beyond/ScienceReligion.html
— Watchman Nee, livro The Normal Christian Life
Fonte: The Normal Christian Life
„The end of history is, alas, also the end of the dustbins of history. There are no longer any dustbins for disposing of old ideologies, old regimes, old values. Where are we going to throw Marxism, which actually invented the dustbins of history? (Yet there is some justice here since the very people who invented them have fallen in.) Conclusion: if there are no more dustbins of history, this is because History itself has become a dustbin. It has become its own dustbin, just as the planet itself is becoming its own dustbin.“
— Jean Baudrillard French sociologist and philosopher 1929 - 2007
The Illusion of the End (1992) (L'Illision de la Fin) Tr. Chris Turner, 1994, Stanford University Press, ISBN 0804725012, p. 26, "The Event Strike"
„Those who desire to envision history not as a mythologem but rather in its essential context are forced to a central conclusion: If history, in all its darkness and its horrors, but also in its confusing novelty, is to have meaning for coming generations, this meaning must be the liberation from collectivist thinking.“
— Ernst Nolte German historian and philosopher 1923 - 2016
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article entitled “Die Vergangenheit, die nicht vergehen will” (“The past that will not pass: A speech that could be written but not delivered”), (June 6, 1986), Reprinted in Forever in the Shadow of Hitler? Translated by James Knowlton and Truett Cates, New Jersey: Humanities Press, (1993), pp. 22.
— Steve Lyons American baseball player 1960
„You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do.“
— Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991
Address to Polaroid employees at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts (5 February 1960), as quoted in Insisting on the Impossible : The Life of Edwin Land (1998) by Victor K. McElheny, p. 198
Contexto: The world is a scene changing so rapidly that it takes every bit of intuitive ability you have, every brain cell each one of you has, to make the sensible decision about what to do next. You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do.
„False history gets made all day, any day,
the truth of the new is never on the news
False history gets written every day…
The lesbian archaeologist watches herself
sifting her own life out from the shards she's piecing,
asking the clay all questions but her own.“
— Adrienne Rich American poet, essayist and feminist 1929 - 2012
Turning the Wheel (1981), section 2
„The younger troops assumed their ranks. There they stood, bumbling into lines with a bit of difficulty: Mother Finland's chosen sacrifice to world history.“
— Väinö Linna, livro The Unknown Soldier
The narrator introducing the characters of the novel, p. 2.
The Unknown Soldier
„There may have been sometime in the history of the world a worse religion than Old School Presbyterianism, but if there ever was, from cannibalism to civilization, I have never heard of it.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
My Reviewers Reviewed (lecture from June 27, 1877, San Francisco, CA)
„They were like two pieces of a failed star, drawn together by a shared history and a memory of illicit kisses.“
— Cinda Williams Chima Novelist 1952
Fonte: The Crimson Crown
„It is indeed said that Edmund, king of the East Angles, was shot to death with arrows by the Danes; but, if this piece of history be correct, it is no proof that they used the bow as a weapon of war. The action itself might be nothing more than a wanton piece of cruelty; and cruelty seems to have been a prominent feature in the character of those lawless plunderers.“
— Joseph Strutt British engraver, artist, antiquary and writer 1749 - 1802
The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England (1801), Danes
— Richard Brautigan, The Tokyo-Montana Express
The Tokyo-Montana Express
„I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, there are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who's in charge?“
— Elizabeth Gilbert, livro Eat, Pray, Love
Fonte: Eat, Pray, Love
„Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. A mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning.“
— Dag Hammarskjöld Swedish diplomat, economist, and author 1905 - 1961
„If history has any meaning for us, it shows that men will continue to use the best weapons they have to win.“
— Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986
Thoughts on Man's Purpose in Life (1974)
Contexto: If history has any meaning for us, it shows that men will continue to use the best weapons they have to win. Throughout history, even when men have established leagues to prevent war, they have nevertheless restarted to it. Utopia is still beyond the horizon. Above all, we should bear in mind that our liberty is not an end in itself; it is a means to win respect for human dignity for all classes of our society.