We are people to whom the past is forever speaking. We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks to us with many voices. Far out of that dark nowhere which is the time before we were born, men who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone went through fire and storm to break a path to the future. We are part of the future they died for; they are part of the past that brought the future. What they did- the lives they lived, the sacrifices they made, the stories they told and the songs they sang and, finally, the death they died- make up a part of our own experience. We cannot cut ourselves off from it. It is as real to us as something that happened last week. It is a basic part of our heritage as Americans.
Bruce Catton, historian
I’m going to have this printed on cards and whenever someone asks me why I study history, I’m just going to hand one to them silently and walk away.
Thought this was beautiful, and had to reblog it! (via youknowyoureahistorymajorwhen)
I think I’m going to share this at work