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The Sayings of Some Wise Men

on the Study of History.

“ History is Philosophy teaching by examples.'


“ There is a history in all men's lives
Figuring the nature of the times deceas'd :
The which observ'd, a man may prophesy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life, which in their seeds
And weak beginnings lie intreasuréd."


“ Histories make men wise."— LORD Bacon.

“ History maketh a young man to be old, without either wrinkles or grey hairs, privileging him with the experience of age, without either the infirmities or inconveniences thereof.”—Thomas Fuller.

“Under the green foliage and blossoming fruit-trees of To-Day, there lie, rotting slower or faster, the forests of all other Years and Days. Some have rotted fast, plants of animal growth, and are long since quite gone to inorganic mould; others are like the aloe, growths that last a thousand or three thousand years. You will find them in all stages of decay and preservation; down deep to the beginnings of the History of Man. Think where our alphabetic letters came from, where our speech itself came from, the cookeries we live by, the masonries we lodge under! You will find fibrous roots of this day's occurrences among the dust of Cadmus and Trismegistus, of Tubalcain and Triptolemus; the tap-roots of them are with Father Adam himself, and the cinders of Eve's first fire.”—CARLYLE.

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