Thoughts on History

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time.  It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.  Virginia Woolf

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.  George Orwell

If you don’t know history . . . you are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.  Michael Crichton

The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.  Barack Obama


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