Category Archives: Quote

More things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of

In Holiday history find, the whale-cure for rheumatism I raised the issue that some past practices can be difficult to imagine. To have a historical understanding of the past, however, we need to have an open-mind, we need to have imagination. We need to remember Hamlet’s words.

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
— William Shakespeare

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September 2017, roundup: songs, history buffs and the Russian Revolution

People

Cicero, George W. Bush, Larry David, Richard Fidler, Billy Joel, Toby Keith, Alicia Keys, Vladimir Lenin, Larry Levin, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison,
John Schumann, Paul Simon, Sister Sledge, John Spitzer, Bruce Springsteen,
Ronald G. Walters, Dan Wilson and Jay Z

Places

Istanbul, Turkey; Russia; the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania, United States of America

Events

1917: the Russian Revolution; 2001: 9/11; 2003: US led invasion of Iraq; 2006: Not Ready to Make Nice released; 2009: Empire State of Mind released; 2011: 9/11 ten-year anniversary

Resources

project1917
Making Sense of American Popular Song
Seinfeld Scripts
Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History

Books

Ghost Empire

Quotes

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
— Cicero

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
— Vladimir Lenin

And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears, and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel… God help me, I was only nineteen.
— John Schumann

Forgive, sounds good Forget, I’m not sure I could They say time heals everything But I’m still waiting
— Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind I make my way through this darkness I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me Lost track of how far I’ve gone How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed On my back’s a sixty pound stone On my shoulder a half mile line.
— Bruce Springsteen

God help me, I was only nineteen

In Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History I asked what songs define Australian history. For me one of the first songs on this list would have to be I Was Only 19.

And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears,
and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel…
God help me, I was only nineteen.
— John Schumann

John Schumann has provided an engaging account of how the song came to be and the impact it has had on the Australian veteran community. It can be found here if you would like to read this.

What do you have to do to be a buff?

History spark by another name provided ideas on how you might describe your passion for history.  It reminded me of this sweet Seinfeld exchange.

GEORGE: Wow, Keith Hernandez. He’s such a great player.

JERRY: Yeah, he’s a real smart guy too. He’s a Civil War buff.

GEORGE: I’d love to be a Civil War buff. … What do you have to do to be a buff

JERRY: So Biff wants to be a buff? … Well sleeping less than 18 hours a day
would be a start.

—writers, Larry David and Larry Levin

Note, if you are a Seinfeld fan or buff,  I found the transcript for this Seinfeld episode at Seinfeld Scripts.