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All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance.
Edward Gibbon man
In De vita et moribus Iulii Agricolae, Tacitus describes and praises the life of his father-in-law , an eminent Roman general. It covers briefly the people and geography of Britain, where Agricola was stationed.
Tacitus life
Mentheir ears less than their .
Herodotus men
As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
Alexis de Tocqueville money
Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves.
Arrian war
History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.
Marc Bloch science
History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all.
Fernand Braudel men
The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
Pierre de Coubertin life
Technology has to be invented or adopted.
Jared Diamond technology
Every religion implies that it treats the problem of being and nonbeing, life and death. Their languages are different, but they speak about the same things.
Mircea Eliade life
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
Francesco Guicciardini friends
As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.
Eric Hobsbawm people
It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.
Johan Huizinga life
Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.
Livy sin
I believe that the capital of the Republic of Albania is a suitable venue for discussing the dialogue among religions and civilizations, notably in the countries of South East Europe, because we are well familiar with this countrys track record of religious tolerance.
Georgi Parvanov religion
Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.
Polybius win
You have reckoned that history ought to judge the past and to instruct the contemporary world as to the future. The present attempt does not yield to that high office. It will merely tell how it really was.
Leopold Von Ranke history
Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
Sallust great
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
Hippolyte Taine wisdom
We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
Thucydides friends
The artist must conceive with warmth yet execute with coolness.
Johann Joachim Winckelmann war
Atque ita tribus et viginti plagis confossus est uno modo ad primum ictum gemitu sine voce edito, etsi tradiderunt quidam Marco Bruto irruenti dixisse: και συ τέκνον.Twenty-three dagger thrusts went home as he stood there. Caesar did not utter a sound after Cascas blow had drawn a groan from him; though some say that when he saw Marcus Brutus about to deliver the second blow, he reproached him in Greek with: You, too, my child? Ch. 82
Suetonius sin
As medieval Christian man could only conceive of religion in terms of a trinity, so his modern descendant can only conceive of politics in terms of a theology or, as we now say, ideology, of left-wing and right-wing forces and factions.
Bernard Lewis religion
If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation.
Xenophon education