„History always constitutes the relation between a present and its past. Consequently fear of the present leads to mystification of the past“

—  John Berger, buch Ways of Seeing

Quelle: Ways of Seeing

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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John Berger
britischer Maler, Schriftsteller und Kunstkritiker 1926 - 2017

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„The eternal struggle in the law between constancy and change is largely a struggle between history and reason, between past reason and present needs.“

—  Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965

Twenty Years of Mr. Justice Holmes' Constitutional Opinions, 36 HARV. L. REV. 909, 931 (1923).
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„The present enshrines the past—and in the past all history has been made by men.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, buch Das andere Geschlecht

Introduction : Woman as Other http://books.google.com/books?id=kUW0AAAAIAAJ&q=%22The+present+enshrines+the+past+and+in+the+past+all+history+has+been+made+by+men%22&pg=PA122#v=onepage
The Second Sex (1949)

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„It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain.“

—  Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982

The Golden Man (1954)
Kontext: "He can look ahead. See what's coming. He can — prethink. Let's call it that. He can see into the future. Probably he doesn't perceive it as the future."
"No," Anita said thoughtfully. "It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain. And he probably doesn't remember the past, any more than any animal remembers what happened."
"As he develops," Baines said, "as his race evolves, it'll probably expand its ability to prethink. Instead of ten minutes, thirty minutes. Then an hour. A day. A year. Eventually they'll be able to keep ahead a whole lifetime. Each one of them will live in a solid, unchanging world. There'll be no variables, no uncertainty. No motion! They won't have anything to fear. Their world will be perfectly static, a solid block of matter."
"And when death comes," Anita said, "they'll accept it. There won't be any struggle; to them, it'll already have happened."

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„There is a secret agreement between past generations and the present one.“

—  Walter Benjamin, buch Über den Begriff der Geschichte

Quelle: Theses on the Philosophy of History (1940), II
Kontext: There is a secret agreement between past generations and the present one. Our coming was expected on earth. Like every generation that preceded us, we have been endowed with a weak Messianic power, a power to which the past has a claim. That claim cannot be settled cheaply.

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„Pleasure is always in the past or in the future, never in the present.“

—  Giacomo Leopardi, buch Zibaldone

Il piacere è sempre o passato o futuro, non mai presente.
29th September 1823, Festival of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Zibaldone (1898)

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„I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future.“

—  Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964

Preface to Humane Biology Projects (1961) by the Animal Welfare Institute
Kontext: I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future. To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives.

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„As a consequence of disease and environmental forces, as well as other factors, a large number of polymorphisms may exist in a population. Some may be related to present selective forces, and others to forces which operated in the past, but which are no longer significant. Present gene frequencies may also result from gene mixture between populations.“

—  Baruch Samuel Blumberg American doctor 1925 - 2011

[Polymorphisms of the serum proteins and the development of iso-preciptins in transfused patients, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 40, 5, 1964, 377–386, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1750599/?page=2] (quote from 378)

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„The past can be told as it truly is, not was. For recounting the past is a social act of the present done by men of the present and affecting the social system of the present.“

—  Immanuel Wallerstein economic historian 1930 - 2019

Wallerstein (1974) The modern world system capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world economy in the sixteenth century. New York: Academic Press.

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„There is no past. Past is present when you carry it with you.“

—  Flora Rheta Schreiber American journalist 1918 - 1988

Quelle: Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities

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