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What is History – Quotes I Found Online – Guerdson 5-304

I went on the Internet and searched for “what is history?” AND I found these quotes at the University of North Florida website:

taken from Waverley Council - New South Wales, Australia

taken from Waverley Council - New South Wales, Australia


History is the lie commonly agreed upon. (Voltaire)

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. (George Orwell)

History is more or less bunk. (Henry Ford)

History: An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. (Ambrose Bierce)

History could be divided into events which do not matter and events which probably never occurred. (W.R. Inge)

History is only a confused heap of facts. (G.K. Chesterton)

History is Philosophy teaching by examples. (Thucydides)

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child. (Cicero)

The first lesson of history is the good of evil. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history. (Kahlil Gibran)

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (Santayana)

History is the intellectual form in which a civilization renders account to itself of its past. (Johann Huizinga)

A nation which does not know what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. (Woodrow Wilson)

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, … and possibly a tragic one. (Hermann Hesse)

History is a people’s memory, and without memory man is demoted to the lower animals. (Malcolm X)

Peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducible from it. (G.W.F. Hegel)

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. (Abba Eban)

Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this. (Gustave Flaubert)

Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the history of the Great Men who have worked here. (Thomas Carlyle)

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written. (Samuel Johnson)

History is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth. (Cicero)

History is the “know thyself” of humanity — the self-consciousness of mankind. (Droysen)

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. (Karl Marx)

History is a science, no less and no more. (J.B. Bury)

History is past politics and politics present history. (E.A. Freeman)

We teach history only when it can be made into an entertaining anecdote, a procedure which is about as sound as leaving the teaching of [hygiene] to a commercial traveller. (Aubrey Maran)

Fiction is history, human history, or it is nothing. (Joseph Conrad)

History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. . . .The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. (Jane Austen)

The historian can learn much from the novelist. (Samuel Eliot Morison)

History is an argument without end. (Peter Geyl)

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it. (Oscar Wilde)

History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it. (Otto von Bismarck)

No single man makes history. History cannot be seen just as one cannot see grass growing. (Boris Pasternak)

Historical knowledge is not a variety of knowledge, but it is knowledge itself; it is the form which completely fills and exhausts the field of knowing. (Benedetto Croce)

Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence — not detachment and objectivity. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can. It is perhaps because they can be useful to him in this respect that he tolerates their existence. (Samuel Butler)

It is not the literal past, the “facts” of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language. (Brian Friel)

History and myth are two aspects of a kind of grand pattern in human destiny: history is the mass of observable or recorded fact, but myth is the abstract or essence of it. (Robertson Davies)

All statements about the past can be considered as very crude ways of expressing possible, hypothetical judgments about future experiences. (Pardon Tillinghast)

Historical knowledge is the knowledge of what mind has done in the past, and at the same time it is the redoing of this, the perpetuation of past acts in the present. (R.G. Collingwood)

Nothing capable of being memorized is history. (R.G. Collingwood)

History… is a tool we use each generation or each year to help get along in the world, discarding the old tool for a new one whenever necessary. (Paul K. Conkin)

History is a damn dim candle over a damn dark abyss. (W.S. Holt)

Rotunda Gallery: International Exhibition on the Environment – Canada, Cuba & US


BRIC/Rotunda Gallery

BRIC/Rotunda Gallery

BRIC/Rotunda Gallery Blog

UPDATE FROM FLAT STANLEY! Letters from Flat Stanley PLUS: Flat Stanley @ PS 119 Before He Left for South Africa

Check out the letters from Flat Stanley here!

No More Hiding Behind Veils by Cathi-Ann

I don’t feel normal

I feel like I am all alone

I used to believe that I would always be FIERCE

I used to believe that I can do anything

But now…

I know that I should try and be myself

I should try and act like myself

Now I should just act like me

I will just be myself

I think that I can be who I am

I don’t need to act like anyone

My job is to be me

With everyone talking

They can say all they want

I don’t really care what people think

I know who I am

No more hiding behind veils

My job is to be me

Cathi-ann during Spring 2007 Dance Performance

Cathi-Ann during Spring 2007 Dance Performance

He is Here by Ruggiany

He is here

He has come

The First African American President

Barack Obama

He has hope for our country


We have hope for him

He is here for a change

Barack Obama

Victory for Obama

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama

I’m so happy Obama won, it brought tears to my eyes to see the first African-American to win the American Presidential election.  I wish Obama’s grandmother was still living to see his great victory. I’m  so proud to say Obama won! ”Yes we can”.

Cheyenne 5-306

Obama with his grandmother Madelyn Dunham

Obama with his grandmother Madelyn Dunham

Who is Barack Hussein Obama? by Guerdson 5-304

Barack Hussein Obama is an African American person who said we will have a big change on January 2009 (Inauguration Day). He will be moving to the White House and he said he will bring a dog to the White House for his daughters Malia Ann (8 years old) and Sasha (5 years old). Also he said when he’s President he will bring the troops in Iraq back home. If John McCain was President he will make the troops stay until 2012. But sadly on November 3, Obama’s grandmother died. If Obama’s Grandmother was still alive she would see her grandson be President and she would be so happy. But she submited her vote. Wherever Obama’s grandmother is she is proud of Barack Hussein Obama.

PS 119 – Rotunda Gallery Collaboration



I Was Caught By The Humans – by Benjamin 4-201

I was caught! I was caught! I can’t believe the humans got me!

How could I have been so stupid?

I knew they were hunting gorillas, but I still came around, anyway.

Now I’m in a cage made of a strange material. I think I heard one human call it metal.

They are now talking about me. They say I’m a good catch.

My paws and hands are big and it will bring in a lot of money.

Please god of the jungle please let me out!

The evil humans plan to cut off my hands and paws.

I am so scared.

Please, please, please let me go.

Why are they laughing at me? How could they laugh when I am so afraid?

Oh no. The humans are taking me out of my cage. I heard them say they plan to sell me for money.

A woman just passed my cage. I heard a small boy call her “Ms. Weinstein”.

I started to scream “Ms. Weinstein, come save me!”. But she didn’t speak gorilla.

So I’ll have to think of another way to escape…

* To be continued PART TWO CLICK HERE

Dreamstime Gorilla - All about gorillas - gorillahub.com

Dreamstime Gorilla - All about gorillas - gorillahub.com

Election Day by Nephtali 5-303

December 10th was the Penny Harvest/General Organization Election. We had fourteen contestants. They all delivered speeches and they all did wonderfully! Many spoke of their Penny Harvest work as we were joined by Melissa Rozon of Common Cents who helped to hand out awards to the top classes:

First Place: Mr. Warfield & Ms. Sullivan – Class 5-301

Mr. Warfield, Ms. Sullivan, Melissa Rozon

Mr. Warfield, Ms. Sullivan, Melissa Rozon

Second Place: Ms. Rivieccio – Class 5-305

Ms. Rivieccio

Melissa Rozon, Ms. Rivieccio, Ms. Berretta

Third Place: Ms. Cohen – Class 3-206

Ms. Cohen & Ms. Berretta

Ms. Cohen & Ms. Berretta

Fourth Place: Ms. Weinstein 4-201

Ms. Rivieccio, Ms. Berretta, Ms. Gaisi & Ms. Weinstein

Fifth Place: Ms. Gaisi 5-302

Ms. Gaisi

Ms. Gaisi

It is not easy to present a speech in front of the whole school. It was tough deciding. Each student made a great speech. It was a stiff competition. Mrs. Berretta tallied all of the votes and she said, “it was neck and neck–a real nail biter! The only thing I am happy about is that the children all know that by participating they are all winners!

Ms. Fernandez gathered all of the candidates in the office this morning to announce the winners. The candidates had their fingers crossed and heads down as she announced the following winners:

President: Maya 5-305


Maya - GO President

Vice President: Ruggiany 5-306

Ruggiany - Vice President

Ruggiany - GO Vice President

Treasurer: Taylor 5-305

Taylor - GO Treasurer

Taylor - GO Treasurer

Secretary: Tyreek 5-301

Tyreek - GO Secretary

Tyreek - GO Secretary

After she announced the winners, all of the candidates shook hands and Ms. Fernandez joined them for a group hug. It was a great sight and everyone did look like a winner!

Melissa Rozon (Common Cents) & Ms. Fernandez

Melissa Rozon (Common Cents) & Ms. Fernandez

Jarrod (Photo-Journalism Intern) & Melissa Rozon

Jarrod (Photo-Journalism Intern) & Melissa Rozon

Ms. Hobson (Media Arts Instructor & Videographer)

Ms. Hobson (Media Arts Instructor & Videographer)


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