“I am not a political man and I have no political convictions. I am an individual and a believer in liberty. That is all the politics I have. On the other hand I am not a super-patriot. Super-patriotism leads to Hitlerism — and we’ve had our lesson there. I don’t want to create a revolution — I just want to create a few more films.” Charlie Chaplin - 1952
“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” Harry Truman
Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat
Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons on May 13, 1940, only three days after becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in hopes of securing a vote of confidence in his new party government. Britain had declared war on Germany the year before and Churchill knew that Europe would have a hard time to go before they saw peace again. “I beg to move, that this House welcomes...
“The greater our knowledge increases the greater our ignorance unfolds.” John F. Kennedy - 1962
The Paris Commune
The Paris Commune ruled Paris for two months between March 28 to May 28, 1871. With the end of the Franco-Prussian war, Germany planned on marching through Paris in celebration of their victory. To protect themselves, the citizens of Paris armed themselves and hid around four hundred cannons to keep them from falling into German hands. The Germans marched through Paris and quickly left without...
“They carried all they could bear, and then some, including a silent awe for the power of the things they carried.” Tim O’Brien on U.S. soldiers in Vietnam - 1990
“Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.” Thomas Carlyle - 1830
”The most solemn humbug which does duty as a profound historical reflection is, that history repeats itself.” Harper’s Magazine - 1865