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QUOTES ON HISTORY


History is the life of nations and of humanity. To seize and put into words, to describe directly the life of humanity or even of a single nation, appears impossible.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

When you see a thing like that, a thing that becomes a newsreel, you begin to feel you are a carrier of some solemn scrap of history.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

History, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

History ... is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses

Longing on a large scale is what makes history.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

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