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Lytton Strachey Quotes and Sayings
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The history of the Victorian Age will never be written:
we know too much about it.
- Lytton Strachey

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

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Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is,
his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages.
He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past.
- Lytton Strachey

When the French nation gradually came into existence
among the ruins of the Roman civilization in Gaul,
a new language was at the same time slowly evolved.
- Lytton Strachey

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey


 

With a very few exceptions, every word in the French
vocabulary comes straight from the Latin.
- Lytton Strachey

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -
ignorance,
which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits,
with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
- Lytton Strachey

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

When Louis XIV assumed the reins of government France
suddenly and wonderfully came to her maturity;
it was as if the whole nation had burst into splendid flower.
- Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
seems to have been trying -
half unconsciously,
perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.
- Lytton Strachey

There is something dark and wintry about the atmosphere
of the later Middle Ages.
- Lytton Strachey

The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly
established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I
vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion.
- Lytton Strachey

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock,
has triumphed most in the contrary direction -
in simplicity,
in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey

Though, with the ascendancy of Louis,
the political power of the nobles finally came to an end,
France remained, in the whole complexion of her social life,
completely aristocratic.
- Lytton Strachey

Englishmen have always loved Moliere.
- Lytton Strachey

Unlike the majority of the writers of his age,
La Rochefoucauld was an aristocrat; and this fact gives
a peculiar tone to his work.
- Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest
writers who have lived upon this earth.
And his genius was not simply artistic;
it displayed itself no less in his character and in
the quality of his thought.
- Lytton Strachey

English dramatic literature is, of course,
dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable
that an English reader should measure the value of
other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
- Lytton Strachey

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same
kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain,
Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England.
His glory is more than national - it is universal.
- Lytton Strachey

The old interests of aristocracy - the romance of action,
the exalted passions of chivalry and war -
faded into the background,
and their place was taken by the refined and intimate
pursuits of peace and civilization.
- Lytton Strachey

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as
long as I am President that is what it will remain.
They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
- Harry S. Truman

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our
recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.
- Peter Berger

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
- George M. Humphrey

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
- Calvin Coolidge

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry,
because we didn't think it was fair in the history
books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
- Dick Gregory

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay.
They were filthy, and they were lousy,
and they stunk.
And I loved them.
- Douglas MacArthur

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
- Herbert Hoover

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax
their lives with forethought of grief...
For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.
- Wendell Berry

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington


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