A Call to Mimesis

"History is, above all else, the creation and recording of that heritage; progress is its increasing abundance, preservation, transmission, and use. To those of us who study history not merely as a warning reminder of man's follies and crimes, but also as an encouraging remembrance of generative souls, the past ceases to be a depressing chamber of horrors; it becomes a celestial city, a spacious country of the mind, wherein a thousand saints, statesmen, inventors, scientists, poets, artists, musicians, lovers, and philosophers still live and speak, teach and carve and sing. The historian will not mourn because he can see no meaning in human existence except that which man puts into it; let it be our pride that we ourselves may put meaning into our lives, and sometimes a significance the transcends death. If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children. And to his fail breath he will be grateful for this inexhaustible legacy, knowing that it is our nourishing mother and our lasting life." - Will and Ariel Durant "The Lessons of History"

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Jehan Georges Viber: Planning Napoleon’s Coronation. Details. Pius looks worried (it looks like the puppets representing the Roman Curia have been smashed), Napoleon and Josephine are not paying attention anymore.

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(via history-in-pictures)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

—Nelson Mandela 

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

—Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) 

You were one of the greats and my favorite leader in all of world history. 

Each person must live their life as a model for others.

—Rosa Parks

British propaganda of Chanukah during WWI 

British propaganda of Chanukah during WWI 

Judah Macabee (Judah the Hammer) (?-160 BCE)

The Death of General Wolfe (1771) Benjamin West 

The Death of General Wolfe (1771) Benjamin West 

Otto Von Bismark (1815-1898)

Otto Von Bismark (1815-1898)