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Need help sourcing a quote

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]
posted by Baby_Balrog on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

American Presidential Quote: "Of all the imperfect forms of government"

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."
posted by Nicholas Geary on Apr 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Where's the rest of this new york times editorial?

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]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Oh Mr. President!

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.
posted by snowjoe on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find a quote about the historical imagination?

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]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 13, 2011 - 9 answers

french revolution history

Which Historian said of the French Revolution: "...it was not the product of poor people but of poor lawyers." [more inside]
posted by clavdivs on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Most well-known quotes from history

Most well-known quotes from speeches, literature or historical persons. [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Mar 10, 2010 - 25 answers

Who said "mistakes were made?"

What is the origin of the phrase "mistakes were made" - who said it, and in reference to what? [more inside]
posted by etoile on Mar 13, 2007 - 14 answers

Why consciousness??

Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 25, 2006 - 39 answers

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