‘n Volk red homself
’n Volk se eerlike selfbeoordeling is noodsaaklik in die oorkoming van krisisse. ’n Eerlike, onpartydige beoordeling van die Afrikaner is daarom van kardinale belang en moet die groep se positiewe en negatiewe eienskappe kan identifiseer.
A race of people is like an individual man; until it uses its own talent, takes pride in its own history, expresses its own culture, affirms its own selfhood, it can never fulfill itself.
As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs.
Demografie is die toekoms wat reeds gebeur het.
History is … a dialogue between the present and the past.
History is a narration of the events which have happened among mankind, including an account of the rise and fall of nations, as well as of other great changes which have affected the political and social condition of the human race
History is and should be a science … History is not the accumulation of events of every kind which happened in the past. It is the science of human societies.
History is not what you thought. It is what you remember. All other history defeats itself.
History is nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.
History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don’t use the stuff well, it might as well be dead.
HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools: Of Roman history, great Niebuhr’s shown ‘Tis nine-tenths lying. Faith, I wish ’twere known, Ere we accept great Niebuhr as a guide, Wherein he blundered and how much he lied.
History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all—it is very tiresome.
History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
If a science of history were achieved, it would, like the science of celestial mechanics, make possible the calculable prediction of the future in history. It would bring the totality of historical occurrences within a single field and reveal the unfolding future to its last end, including all the apparent choices made and to be made. It would be omniscience. The creator of it would possess the attributes ascribed by the theologians to God. The future once revealed, humanity would have nothing to do except to await its doom.
Laat ons in ons krisis vandag eerder dink aan die grootste gebod: Jy moet God liefhê, en jou naaste soos jouself. Let op: nie ‘jou naaste méér as jouself nie”, soos die buiteland soms van ons eis.
Most events recorded in history are more remarkable than important, like eclipses of the sun and moon, by which all are attracted, but whose effects no one takes the trouble to calculate.
Ons behoort aan mekaar – ons, die kleine Boerevolk hier in Suid-Afrika, en dit dryf ons uit om toe te snel tot hulp van ons broers en susters wat in nood is, om hulle te help om hulleself te help. Ons doen dit in die vaste oortuiging dat ons as volk onsself moet red.
Skeppende vernuwing gegrond op beproefde waardes.
So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history.
So very difficult a matter it is to trace and find out the truth of anything by history.
Soek in die verlede wat goed en edel is en bou daarop die toekoms.
The first foundations of all history are the recitals of the fathers to the children, transmitted afterward from one generation to another; at their origin, they are at the very most probable, when they do not shock common sense, and they lose one degree of probability in each generation.