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  • We, to some degree, are like what we are because we inherited certain things from the Greeks and the Romans. One of them that's so striking is the whole area of politics.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • Never before or since, ... has the world been brought so close to nuclear war.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • Without history we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born.
    (Donald Kagan)


  • Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • From the time I was a little boy I found myself reading history when I had a choice. I read a lot of things, but history had a special appeal for me.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • You have to liberate yourself first from the prejudices of the world in which you live.
    (Donald Kagan)

  • War has been more common than peace, and extended periods of peace have been rare in a world divided into multiple states
    (Donald Kagan)

  • I can see that you are a true historian because you really always ought to ask that question about anybody at a different place or a different time: What's the same and what's different?
    (Donald Kagan)


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