"I once spent all day thinking without taking food and all night thinking without going to bed, but I found that I gained nothing from it. It would have been better for me to have spent the time in learning."

Confucius


"Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them."

Abraham Lincoln (its not a very historical quote -- just a funny one)


"We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

John F. Kennedy


"Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil."

Herbert Hoover (1874 - 1964), an American engineer, businessman, and eventual president.


"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both. "

C. Wright Mills, an American sociologist (1916 - 1962)


"It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them."

Tiberius, Roman Emperor (14 CE to 37 CE). It was rephrased by the Sicilian mafia in the 1800s as "You have to skim the cream off the milk without breaking the bottle" -- the mafia took what they needed, without harming their source of income.

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    HISTORICAL NON-FICTION

    By Lillian Audette

    This blog is a collection of the interesting, the weird, and sometimes the need-to-know about history, culled from around the internet. It has pictures, it has quotes, it occasionally has my own opinions on things. If you want to know more about anything posted, follow the link at the "source" on the bottom of each post. And if you really like my work, buy me a coffee or become a patron!

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