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“History is open to interpretation, but it isn’t a toy dog you can make leap however you like.”

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source: “Was Rome felled by gays or Goths or Christianity?” in the Chicago Sun-Times, December 3, 2010.

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“History requires a world of time and bitter hard work when your ‘education’ is no further advanced than the cat’s; when you are merely stuffing yourself with a mixed-up mess of empty names and random incidents and elusive dates, which no one teaches you how to interpret, and which, uninterpreted, pay you not a farthing’s value for your waste of time.”

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source: Following the Equator (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1903), 301.

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medium: nonfiction

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