The history of the building of the American nation may justly be described as a laboratory experiment in understanding and in solving the problems that will confront the world tomorrow.
A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the results of sudden impulses and accident, than of that reason of which we so much boast.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
I never look back, I look forward.
Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity.
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere.
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.