Possible ideas

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

To God I speak Spanish, to women Italian, to men French, and to my horse – German.

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.

The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know

The first lesson of history is the good of evil

The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves

It is impossible to write ancient history because we do not have enough sources, and impossible to write modern history because we have far too many.

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber

A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.


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