I could have sworn I read Ta-Nehisi Coates write somewhere on the internet something along the lines of - "The North didn't win the Civil War, America did." The thinking behind this was that the war shouldn't be framed as "North vs. South" - but rather, "America vs. the CSA" or "America vs. some traitors." Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
Having a little trouble finding the source for this quote. Believe it was Reagan. who said "Of all the imperfect forms of government, our is the best man has so far come up with."
This quote has been going around various friend's facebook pages, supposedly from a NYT editorial opposing the 16th Amendment. I can't find the rest of the article, and would like to see the context for the quote. Any leads online or offline where I could check it out? [more inside]
I heard something like this. Abraham Lincoln said he wanted to paint the bathroom green and his wife wanted to paint it yellow "so we compromised and painted it yellow". Did anything like this ever happen? Who? Where? When? I have a friend who would like to use this in a wedding speech. My google fu fails me.
Help me find a quote about how people are reluctant to notice the effects of historical and/or social forces on their lives. [more inside]
Which Historian said of the French Revolution: "...it was not the product of poor people but of poor lawyers." [more inside]
Most well-known quotes from speeches, literature or historical persons. [more inside]
What is the origin of the phrase "mistakes were made" - who said it, and in reference to what? [more inside]
Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]