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“History is the most dangerous product evolved from the chemistry of the intellect. Its properties are well known. It causes dreams, it intoxicates whole peoples, gives them false memories, quickens their reflexes, keeps their old wounds open, torments them in their repose, leads them into delusions either of grandeur or persecution, and makes nations bitter, arrogant, insufferable, and vain… History will justify anything. It teaches precisely nothing, for it contains everything and furnishes examples of everything.”

~ Paul Valéry, On History

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