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Quotes of the Day for 18 August 2002 – History

On this day in 1883 Pope Leo XIII opened the Vatican archives to scholars outside the Roman Catholic church for the first time, revealing unique documents, artifacts, and great works of art that had been hidden from view for centuries. In his announcement he said, "The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second is not to fear to speak the truth."

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The quotes:

When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.
     - Barbara Bloom

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.
     - Jawaharlal Nehru

It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
     - Robert A. Heinlein, 1907 - 1988

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
     - Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965


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