Historical lights; six thousand quotations from standard histories and biographies .by Charles Eugene Little

Historical lights; six thousand quotations

Historical lights; six thousand quotations


istorical statements awaken in the average mind an interest that proves the existence of a hidden element in them, that does not pertain to a mere record of facts. The marvels of history, and its prosy facts as well, not only attest to the oneness of human nature and the unity of human experience, but they also forecast a shadowy premonition of coming events. 

This thought has found its graceful expression in the words of a German writer, who says: "All history is an imprisoned epic — nay, an imprisoned psalm and prophecy." 
While historical statements address our curiosity for knowledge, they also stimulate the imagination to give realistic colouring to the picture presented to the mind. Hence it is that historical fields will ever prove chosen grounds for reference and illustration by those who address the public. This volume is the outgrowth of certain lines of historical readings, originally designed for the author's personal benefit, and to aid in the preparation of sermons and addresses.

 After nearly twenty-five years of reading and brief indexing of interesting facts and incidents, a mass of quotations has accumulated, and under the natural law of selection this volume represents the " survival of the fittest." It is not presumed that the field of selection is exhausted, or that omissions have not been made of numerous interesting statements.

 Many lengthy selections have been excluded by the plan of the book, which permits only brief extracts. It is merely claimed that a large class of historical facts and fancies which have aided the compiler in his work are in this ready reference form offered by the publishers to others who may value historical allusions and quotations in addressing the public either by the pen or the voice. This collection is both religious and secular in its character, and the quotations are especially fitting the needs of preachers, temperance and political speakers, essayists in schools, and writers for the press.
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