Posted: Nov 29, 2018 12:39 am
by Cito di Pense
Just A Theory wrote:
steamroller wrote:Napoleon once said, "History is a set of lies agreed upon." Tolstoy once said, "History would be a wonderful thing, if it were only true." The worst examples are where war is involved. One truism I heard about it says, "In war, truth is the first casualty." For the winning side, it remains a casualty. Which brings up another truism. "History is written by the victors."

And yet George Santayana said: Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

But, there's an even more apropos quotation from him, just for you:

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

We have to keep in mind the possibility that some people believe (or at least, insist) that history is aimed at something.