Category: history

“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)…

“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)” – René Descartes

“But I think happiness springs from another …

“But I think happiness springs from another source, a far deeper one that doesn’t depend on will because it comes from love.” – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis

Farewell by Edmund Blair Leighton

“Music is the poetry of the air.” – Jean Paul …

“Music is the poetry of the air.” – Jean Paul Richter

Frederick the Great plays flute in his summer palace Sanssouci, with Franz Benda playing violin, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach accompanying on keyboard, and unidentified string players; painting by Adolph Menzel (1850–52).

thecreativehistorian: Happy birthday to Edwa…

thecreativehistorian:

Happy birthday to Edward the Black Prince! 

Born on this day (15 June) in 1330, he was in line to become King Edward IV, but illness eventually led to him predeceasing his father King Edward III, and the throne went to his son Richard. It was the first time that the throne of England went from grandfather to grandson (the second time was when George III inherited from George II several centuries later).

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Primus Inter Pares

Primus Inter Pares

“Maybe one day, we shall be glad to remember…

“Maybe one day, we shall be glad to remember even these hardships.” – Vergilius

Fame, Edmund Blair Leighton, oil on canvas, 1889

“If we find ourselves with a desire that not…

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

“If you worship your enemy, you are defeated. …

“If you worship your enemy, you are defeated. If you adopt your enemy’s religion, you are enslaved. If you breed with your enemy, you are destroyed.” – King Polydoros of Sparta (reigned 741–665 BC)

“The great must submit the dominion of prude…

“The great must submit the dominion of prudence and virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.”

(Jason and the Argonauts arriving at Colchis. The Argonautica tells the myth of their voyage to retrieve the Golden Fleece. This painting is located in the Palace of Versailles.)

“If you surrender a civilization to avoid soci…

“If you surrender a civilization to avoid social disapproval, you should know that all of history will curse you for your cowardliness.” – Alice Teller