One of the things that draws us to the 19th century is that it's far enough away to feel exotic but close enough to be approachable. We can still recognize ourselves in those people, even as we see all the ways in which our lives have diverged from theirs.
Louis Bayard - August 2019
In the nineteenth century the problem was that God is dead. In the twentieth century the problem is that man is dead.
Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.
Barack Obama - Inauguration Speech, 21st January 2013
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Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
People of the world - look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.
This is for the record. History is written by the victor. History is filled with liars. If he lives and we die, his truth becomes written - and ours is lost.
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The funny thing about history is that we imagine that people didn't laugh in the old days, but of course they did, at stupid things.
You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.
History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.
Sometimes history repeats itself. And sometimes it doesn't.
I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.
If my characters didn't surprise me, I'd think there was something wrong.
Louis Bayard - Juni 2022
I used to be very clever about setting books in London, Paris, and that way I could justify research trips - that's what I do for my art, right?
Louis Bayard - February 2021
I try to be as historically accurate as possible, but I think the story's more important than the history.
Louis Bayard - March 2014
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
Selfish persons are incapable of loving others, but they are not capable of loving themselves either.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
I can resist everything except temptation.
For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
When you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger.
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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
I believe the dead haunt us because we love them too little.
The natural world can continue to surprise us as long as we give it space to thrive.
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