Category: History

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We Shall Fight On The Beaches Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill’s famous “We Shall Fight On The Beaches” quote is perhaps the most famous line from his most famous quote. However, few seem to understand what Churchill meant in terms of context at the time the words were uttered. Let’s breakdown all of the context, and words, surrounding Winston’s famous 1940 line.

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Best Winston Churchill Quotes

A page dedicated to the former Prime Minister Winston Churchill whose leadership during WWII turned the course of the war. Throughout his life, Churchill was a quote machine with great quotes coming in every book or speech he gave. This page, a type of historical dedication to the man, will document some of the great quotes and where they appeared in his life.

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statue of Herodotus
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Of All Men’s Miseries, The Bitterest Is This Herodotus

The Greek writer Herodotus, who wrote extensively about war and geography, may be most known to for his line “Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.” We’ll get into who Herodotus was, what he said, and just what he ancient Greek historian was talking about in what is perhaps his most famous quote. The simple explanation of the words can be understood as Herodotus saying that humans are really smart, but we can’t control everything. This can be frustrating because we can understand what’s happening, but we can’t always do anything about it.

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Ayn Rand
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There is No Smaller Minority Than The Individual Ayn Rand

This page is an in-depth investigation into the quote by Ayn Rand often summarized as “there is no smaller minority than the individual.” We’re going to (attempt) to put that quote into context, as well explain what she was talking about and some of the many ways the quote has been (and can be) adapted to contemporary politics.

Remember that although Ayn Rand is considered a far right figure in terms of her political beliefs, we would ask you to avoid that being cause to dismiss her in her entirety.

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Thomas Jefferson
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I Tremble For My Country When I Reflect Thomas Jefferson

This page features the famous quote by third president and leading enlightenment figure Thomas Jefferson, who remarked in 1784 “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” We’ll have more about what Thomas Jefferson was talking about and the context of the quote below.

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Oppenheimer and nuclear bomb
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Now I Am Become Death Destroyer of Worlds J. Robert Oppenheimer

This page is going to look at the historical and political background surrounding J. Robert Oppenheimer’s famous utterance that is often referenced with his repurposing of the quote “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The full quote by Oppenheimer can be viewed below and hints at the level of dismay that the legendary physicist had about dropping the bomb.

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removal of nuance
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Tyranny is the Deliberate Removal of Nuance Albert Maysles

Film director and documentarian Albert Maysles once said “Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.” Below, we’ll get to what Maysles meant by the “Deliberate Removal of Nuance.” Brother of David Maysles, who served as his partner in crime, the duo were famous for “Direct Cinema style” of film making. However in just seven words, the filmmaker guaranteed his legacy would be recognized by people outside of the media landscape.

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Rosa Luxemburg
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These Special Jewish Pains Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg (5 March 1871 – 15 January 1919) was a famous Polish-German politician who fiercely opposed both capitalism and authoritarian powers. Her enchanting quote, below, is considered one of the most memorable calls for the treatment of all humans equally, regardless of ones local in-group.

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Necessity of Renouncing Their Inalienable Right Andrei Vyshinsky

Andrei Vyshinsky was a major figure in Stalin’s Soviet Empire at the conclusion of the second world war. As the two major super powers left, or as could be argued the only two super powers ever two exist, both raced to create and solidify their influence over Europe. The U.S. plan, which we now know as the Marshall Plan, sought to guarantee U.S. influence in Europe through large (much needed) emergency funding options throughout decimated western Europe.

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