I don't dispute the cliché, "Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it."
Likewise my compositions are made up of crude notions of my own, inlaid with the brighter thoughts and riper opinions of the authors I have read.
You are only a very little boy, and you will learn a great deal as you grow bigger.
But how are you to get that balance?
We are all early.
Are you going to change?
He and Jonathan are my cheerleaders now.
If they are to cross the river, hang two.
A few impressions stand out vividly from the first years of my life; but "the shadows of the prison-house are on the rest."
Some of you, we all know, are poor, find it hard to live, are sometimes, as it were, gasping for breath.
You are staying the whole evening, I hope?
You are my only son.
But you are alike in some ways.
They are all about to vanish, courtesy of the Internet and its associated technologies.
How much more this difficulty must be augmented in the case of those who are both deaf and blind!
Mr. Anagnos, in speaking of my composition on the cities, has said, "These ideas are poetic in their essence."
Why should they begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?
They have decided that Buonaparte has burnt his boats, and I believe that we are ready to burn ours.
Besides, those are my animals.
But you're still not comfortable with the decision, are you?
What time are we going to leave tomorrow?
The kids are asleep.
Are you sure you don't want me to take her?
The men are as guilty as she is.
What are we going to do today, Dad?
He thinks you are better than us.
Watch, and as soon as the soldiers are ready to start, hang a lantern in the tower of the old North Church.
The soldiers are coming!
Then there are the people who reason the future will be better.
While entertaining, they are never, ever correct.
However, I often have thought that a second sentence should follow: "Also, those who do know history are doomed to repeat it."
I imagine," he went on, warming to his subject, "that the Emperor himself would not be satisfied to find in us merely owners of serfs whom we are willing to devote to his service, and chair a canon * we are ready to make of ourselves--and not to obtain from us any co-co-counsel."
"I think that before discussing these questions," Pierre continued, "we should ask the Emperor--most respectfully ask His Majesty--to let us know the number of our troops and the position in which our army and our forces now are, and then..."
The troops are moved according to the enemy's movements and the number of men increases and decreases...
We are Russians and will not grudge our blood in defense of our faith, the throne, and the Fatherland!
We must cease raving if we are sons of our Fatherland!
Gentlemen, you are crushing me!...
Seeing the position we are in, I think there is little need for discussion.
In historical works on the year 1812 French writers are very fond of saying that Napoleon felt the danger of extending his line, that he sought a battle and that his marshals advised him to stop at Smolensk, and of making similar statements to show that the danger of the campaign was even then understood.
But all these hints at what happened, both from the French side and the Russian, are advanced only because they fit in with the event.
There are always so many conjectures as to the issue of any event that however it may end there will always be people to say: "I said then that it would be so," quite forgetting that amid their innumerable conjectures many were to quite the contrary effect.
All the facts are in flat contradiction to such conjectures.