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Some Thoughts on History

Enjoy (or not) these musings by famous people on the topic of history:

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.                 — Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil’s Dictionary

History is a set of lies agreed upon.     —Napoleon Bonaparte

History is bunk.  —Henry Ford

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.  —George Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel

History is nothing but a collection of fables and useless trifles, cluttered up with a mass of unnecessary figures and proper names. —Leo Tolstoy

History repeats itself; that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history. —Clarence Darrow

 

 

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Seventeen Problems Only a Book Lover Will Understand

English: Title page of first edition of Anna K...

English: Title page of first edition of Anna Karenina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a compulsive reader married to a compulsive reader, whose house walls are convex because of all the books inside, I can relate to these situations.

One of the “problems” is when a movie ruins a book you loved. For me, it was Tom Woolf’s “Bonfire of the Vanities.” Another one: “The Remains of the Day.” However, a movie I found far better than the book was “The Godfather.”  And some books you simply cannot do justice to in a couple of hours: “David Copperfield,” “Ulysses,” and “Anna Karenina.”

What are your book “problems”?  (See that use of quotation marks? It’s my way of saying I know these are not serious problems in the grand scheme of things.  It’s a tickle in the ribs.)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/harpercollins/17-problems-only-book-lovers-will-understand-9npd

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