Quotation of the week 1

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
(Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1814. Definition of history; The Cynics Word Book. 1906)

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  1. What an interesting quote.

    It does make one wonder how our histories will appear 100-2oo years from now.

  2. A very clever quote. Nevertheless, a Thucydides enthusiast like myself will surely disagree that history is a “mostly false” account.

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