„History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.“

—  Gore Vidal, 2000s, Context: Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true. Quoted in Gert Jonkers, "Gore Vidal, the Fantastic Man," Butt, No. 20 (7 April 2007)
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„Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.“

—  Oscar Wilde, El abanico de Lady Windermere
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„Nothing is more surprising than the surprises of history, and nothing more untrustworthy than the uncritical extrapolation of the tendencies of the recent past.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte Scottish industrial engineer 1896 - 1972
Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), Context: Nothing is more surprising than the surprises of history, and nothing more untrustworthy than the uncritical extrapolation of the tendencies of the recent past.<!--p.8

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„The hope of the past times was gone, the struggles of mankind for many ages had produced nothing but this sordid, aimless, ugly confusion.“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
Context: What shall I say concerning its mastery of and its waste of mechanical power, its commonwealth so poor, its enemies of the commonwealth so rich, its stupendous organization — for the misery of life! Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour? All this I felt then as now, but I did not know why it was so. The hope of the past times was gone, the struggles of mankind for many ages had produced nothing but this sordid, aimless, ugly confusion. Why I Am A Socialist (1884).

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„Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope.“

—  Charles Evans Hughes American judge 1862 - 1948
Context: The most ominous spirit of our times, as it seems to me, is the indication of the growth of an intolerent spirit. It is the more dangerous when armed, as it usually is, with sincere conviction. It is a spirit whose wrath must be turned away by the soft answers of a sweet reasonableness. It can be exorcised only by invoking the Genius which watched over our infancy and has guided our development— a good Genius— still potent let us believe — the American spirit of civil and religious liberty. Our institutions were not devised to bring about uniformity of opinion; if they had we might well abandon hope. It is important to remember, as has well been said, "the essential characteristic of true liberty is that under its shelter many different types of life and character and opinion and belief can develop unmolested and unobstructed." Speech to the American Bar Association (2 September 1925).

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„The present enshrines the past—and in the past all history has been made by men.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, libro El segundo sexo
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