Why Study History?
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“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” Michael Crichton
“The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.”  M. Scott Peck
“Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.”  Will Durant
“History is a vast early warning system.”  Norman Cousins
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“History is for human self-knowledge … the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.”   R. G. Collingwood
“People, most people, always assume that civilization steadily increases, that the world improves, becomes more peaceful, and it very often does. But…this is not always the case. Sometimes, when civilization falters, sometimes, things become more primitive again. More primitive, and more violent.” Marcus Sedgwick in Midwinter Blood (69)
“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.”   Robert Penn Warren
“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius
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