Short sayings of great men. With historical and explanatory notes (1882) Samuel Arthur Bent, PDF Book

Short sayings of great men. With historical and explanatory notes (1882)  Samuel Arthur  Bent, PDF Book 

Short sayings of great men


Of someone of the many thousand brief and pithy remarks which the great men and women of history have uttered, generally without premeditation, yet stamped with the seal of immortality, the question is often asked, "Who said it? "When was it said? Under what circumstances? " These questions are to some extent answered in the follow- ing pages. Curiosity, if not gratitude, would wish to follow to their source words which have, during the centuries since their first appearance, come repeatedly to man's aid in the sudden emergencies wherein history repeats itself. Many of them adorn the page of the historian, giving to narrative its local color, and lending to descriptions of character the air and dignity of authenticity. Research may, therefore, pay the debt of history by relieving such sayings of aU adventitious circumstance, by removing those which belong to history from the domain of tradition, and relegating others to the abode of myth.

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