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Science fiction is like a blender - you can put in any historical experience and take influences from everything you see, read or experience.
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
'Easter' is a movable event, calculated by the relative positions of sun and moon, an impossible way of fixing year by year the anniversary of a historical event, but a very natural and indeed inevitable way of calculating a solar festival. These changing dates do not point to the history of a man, but to the hero of a solar myth.
Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.
Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look - historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for philosophical rectitude cannot, however, be compromised.
The historical debate is over. The answer is free-market capitalism.
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects - making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
The dark shadow we seem to see in the distance is not really a mountain ahead, but the shadow of the mountain behind - a shadow from the past thrown forward into our future. It is a dark sludge of historical sectarianism. We can leave it behind us if we wish.
The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination, by itself, would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor, while expanding opportunities for economic betterment.
Henry Louis Gates
The same historical development that turned the citizen into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
Many of the things the slow food people honor were innovations within historical times. Somebody had to be the first European to eat a tomato.
We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces; nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.
Markets work best when there's lots of information available and a historical track record to go on; they excel at predicting things like horse races, election outcomes, and box-office results. But they're bad at predicting things like who will be the next Supreme Court nominee, as that depends on the whim of the president.
Quite honestly, if I were doing work related to a living being or historical being where there was visual or audio recordings available, I would find that extremely difficult because I don't know how you would avoid the process of mimicry. And mimicry, to me at any rate, is a very dull prospect.
We may feel the pain of falling back from a level of affluence to which we have grown accustomed, but most people in developed countries are still, by historical standards, extraordinarily well off.
A historical romance is the only kind of book where chastity really counts.
Most fourth graders can't say why Abraham Lincoln is an important historical figure? Wow. This is far more distressing than if the news had been that fourth graders were bad at reciting multiplication tables, because you can, in fact, Google that.
A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.
I visit English country churchyards where historical figures are buried.
Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about.
I love historical movies. I want to make a violent medieval epic.
As much as I love historical fiction, my problem with historical fiction is that you always know what's going to happen.
George R. R. Martin
I have always regarded historical fiction and fantasy as sisters under the skin, two genres separated at birth.
George R. R. Martin
I like historical fiction. I fell in love with New Orleans the first time I visited it. And I wanted to place a story in New Orleans.
Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation.
C. L. R. James
Everything in New York seems to merit preserving. If it's not historical, it's personal. If it's not personal, it's cultural. But you can't. You can't save everything. You just have to pack it up in your brain and take it with you when you go.
Usually when I go to a place for the first time, unless there's something historical or spectacular that nature has to offer, the first thing I like to do is see what's on the minds of the people.
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