„In this age few tragedies are written.“

Tragedy and the Common Man (1949)
Kontext: In this age few tragedies are written. It has often been held that the lack is due to a paucity of heroes among us, or else that modern man has had the blood drawn out of his organs of belief by the skepticism of science, and the heroic attack on life cannot feed on an attitude of reserve and circumspection. For one reason or another, we are often held to be below tragedy — or tragedy above us.

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„The number one book of the ages was written by a committee, and it was called The Bible.“

—  Louis B. Mayer American film producer 1884 - 1957

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„The reason why so few good books are written is, that so few people that can write know anything.“

—  Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877

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Kontext: The reason why so few good books are written is, that so few people that can write know anything. In general an author has always lived in a room, has read books, has cultivated science, is acquainted with the style and sentiments of the best authors, but he is out of the way of employing his own eyes and ears. He has nothing to hear and nothing to see. His life is a vacuum.

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—  Edward Bellamy American author and socialist 1850 - 1898

Author's postscript.
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—  Steven Weinberg American theoretical physicist 1933

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Preface - 'To Us Old Men'
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Kontext: History is always written from the viewpoints of the leaders. And increasingly, in our age, war leaders do not get shot at with any serious consistency. Leaders make momentous, world-encompassing historical decisions. It is your average anonymous soldier, or pilot, or naval gunnery rating who has to carry them out on the ground. Where there is often a vast difference between grandiose logic and plans and what takes place on the terrain. What it is that makes a man go out into dangerous places and get himself shot at with increasing consistency until finally he dies, is an interesting subject for speculation. And an interesting study. One might entitle it, THE EVOLUTION OF A SOLDIER.

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Variante: Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and then the total — all of these acts — will be written in the history of this generation.

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