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Comment by 史識 庫 on February 16, 2024 at 1:10pm

Man Can Change Geography

Geography does not change, but man does, and man can change geography. — Tim Marshall

There is a geography of the human spirit, common to all peoples. — Linda Hogan

Like most parents, I've been stumped by homework, the big questions, such as: 'What is the point of geography - the pilot always knows where we are going?'. Answer: 'If you didn't know any geography, people would think you were an American, and you wouldn't be able to put them right because you wouldn't know where they live.' — A. A. Gill

What makes a nation in the beginning is a good piece of geography. — Robert Frost

For whatever you're doing, for your creative juices, your geography's got a hell of a lot to do with it. You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there. — Neil Young

Geography is the art of the mappable. — Peter Haggett

Geography prepares for the world of work - geographers, with their skills of analysis are highly employable! — Michael Palin

The United States and Canada are a triumph of geography over history. — Tim Marshall

Why are there no great women artists?' sounds as ignorant of human geography as the query 'Why are there no Eskimo tennis teams? — Francine du Plessix Gray

I didn't see many female politicians on TV. I didn't see women in history textbooks, so I did geography, and art and English literature. But I know I must have been affected by not seeing women represented. — Emma Watson

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 15, 2024 at 1:35pm


Nature can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures

We simply need that wild country available to us... For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope. — Wallace Stegner

The ending of partition was inevitable because Ireland was one nation by history and tradition , by facts of race, geography, and economy — Seamus Costello

Having lasted for 4,000 years, the use of nature's materials to express ideas about nature may be expected to continue. The best garden designs are produced with an awareness of the art, science, history, geography, philosophy, social habits and construction techniques of their period. — Tom Turner

John Hall, my geography teacher at school inspired me to a lifelong interest in geography and a curiosity about our world which has stayed with me through my life. Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose. — Michael Palin

The contrast between northern and southern Europe is also at least partially attributable to the fact that the south has fewer coastal plains suitable for agriculture, and has suffered more from drought and natural disasters than the north. The arable land and waterways of the North European Plain which stretches from France to Russia enables crops and other goods to be produced and moved easily. — Tim Marshall

Borders are important, but they don't stop geography. — Tim Marshall

Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future — Michael Palin

A thousand times, when the train slowed or stopped, I thought of jumping off. I wanted to die in a ditch. I wanted to disappear. I wanted a different history and geography. In rhythm with the wheels I said I want I want I want I want I stayed on the train. — Lewis Nordan

God created war so that Americans would learn geography. — Mark Twain

The richest, most powerful countries on earth do not have to worry about geography. The poorest, weakest countries on earth are prisoners of geography. — Tim Marshall

A virtuoso performance. Scott Thompson’s biography of the soldier statesman Fidel V. Ramos illustrates the fascinating and complex geography of Filipino politics and its relation with the American hegemon. It’s first-rate scholarship and equally first-rate writing. — F. Sionil José

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 14, 2024 at 1:14pm

The South China Sea is a crucial link in the ‘global commons’, connecting the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Europe. Right now, along with the East China Sea, it is the most contested piece of sea in the world and one of the main reasons for the current anxiety over China's intentions. ― Bill Hayton, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

“It will be a Sea with agreed boundaries based upon universal principles and governed by shared responsibilities to use its resources most wisely, a Sea where fish stocks are managed collectively for the benefit of all, where the impacts of oil exploration and international shipping are alleviated and where search and rescue operations can take place unimpeded. It could happen – if a line is redrawn.” ― Bill Hayton, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia

Physical geography and geology are inseparable scientific twins. — Roderick Murchison

It's time for Black people to stop playing the separating game of geography, of where the slave ship put us down. We must concentrate on where the slave ship picked us up. — John Henrik Clarke

Chris Martin looks like a geography teacher. — Liam Gallagher

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation, another hour or two in reading aloud, a little geography and a little history and a little physics made the day pass busily. — Hudson Stuck

Argentina lacks the size and population to become the primary regional power in Latin America, which looks to be Brazil’s destiny, but it has the quality of land to create a standard of living comparable to that of the European countries. If Argentina gets its economics right, its geography will enable it to become the power it has never been. — Tim Marshall

The reason for our success is no secret. It comes down to one single principle that transcends time and geography, religion and culture. It’s the Golden Rule – the simple idea that if you treat people well, the way you would like to be treated, they will do the same. — Isadore Sharp

Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of likes and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned. — John Dewey

At present cats have more purchasing power and influence than the poor of this planet. Accidents of geography and colonial history should no longer determine who gets the fish. — Derek Wall

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 13, 2024 at 2:39pm

A great city may be seen as the construction of words as well as stone — Great Quotation by Yi-Fu Tuan

1. Geography is the study of earth as the home of people.

2. Place is security, space is freedom.

3. A great city may be seen as the construction of words as well as stone.

4. All creative effort – including the making of an omelet – is preceded by destruction.

5. It is by thoughtful reflection that the elusive moments of the past draw near to us in present reality and gain a measure of permanence.

6. Lucidity, I maintain, is almost always desirable.

7. In a sense, every human construction, whether mental or material, is a component in a landscape of fear because it exists in constant chaos. Thus children’s fairy tales as well as adult’s legends, cosmological myths, and indeed philosophical systems are shelters built by the mind in which human beings can rest, at least temporarily, from the siege of inchoate experience and of doubt.

8. People tend to suppress that which they cannot express.

9. Animals are like humans, only more openly carnal and sexual, more openly and therefore more disarmingly absurd.

10.Place is security, space is freedom.

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 12, 2024 at 9:41am

Geography has made us neighbors

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. — John F. Kennedy

“The good historian… must be fearless, uncorrupted, free, the friend of truth and of liberty. One who calls a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff, neither giving nor withholding from any, from favour or from enmity, not influenced by pity, by shame, or by remorse. A just judge… a stranger to all, of no country, bound only by his own laws, acknowledging no sovereign, never considering what this or that man may say of him, but relating faithfully everything as it happened.” Lucian, ancient Greek writer and satirist (c.125-185)

“Perhaps nobody has changed the course of history as much as the historians.” Franklin P. Jones, American journalist (1908-1980)

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography. — Ambrose Bierce

Without an understanding of geography, we would not appreciate the mercies of the United States of America. — Tim Marshall

I believe there is little to gain by exchanging opinions with other artists concerning either the ideology of art or technical methods. Very much alone in my work, I am almost jealous of it. Geography has no bearing on it, nor have the interests of the community in which I work. — Yves Tanguy

The DRC is neither democratic, nor a republic. It is the second-largest country in Africa, bigger than Germany, France, and Spain combined and contains the Congo Rainforest, second only to the Amazon as the largest in the world. — Tim Marshall

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 11, 2024 at 12:01pm


Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

“Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.” Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher (1828-1910)

“What experience and history teach is that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.” Georg Hegel, German philosopher (1770-1831)

“A historian ought to be exact, sincere and impartial, free from passion, unbiased by interest, fear, resentment or affection. And faithful to the truth, which is the mother of history, the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the future.” B. R. Ambedkar, Indian politician (1891-1956)

“History is an argument without end.” Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (1887-1966)

“History is an aggregate of half-truths, semi-truths, fables, myths, rumours, prejudices, personal narratives, gossip and official prevarications. It is a canvas upon which thousands of artists throughout the ages have splashed their conceptions and interpretations of a day and an era.” Philip D. Jordan, American historian (1903-1980)

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill, British writer and politician (1874-1965)

“History is a set of lies, agreed upon.” Napoleon Bonaparte, French ruler (1769-1821)

“History is instructive. What it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper… Anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much larger sort of flow of energy. And when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place.” Howard Zinn, American historian (1922-2010)

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 10, 2024 at 8:44am


The only history worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today

“I don’t know much about history and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” Henry Ford, American industrialist (1863-1947)

“The more I study history the more I realise how little mankind has changed. There are no new scripts, just different actors.”  Richard Paul Evans, American author (1962- )

“To study history means submitting yourself to chaos, but nevertheless retaining your faith in order and meaning.” Herman Hesse, German writer and poet (1877-1962)

“Study the historian before you begin to study the facts.”  Edward Hallett Carr, British historian (1892-1982)

“[The historian is] an unsuccessful novelist. L. Mencken, American journalist and satirist (1880-1956)

“The historian must serve two masters: the past and the present.” Fritz Stern, German-American historian (1926- )

“It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world occasionally swapped history books, just to see what the other people are doing with the same set of facts.” Bill Vaughan, American writer (1915-1977)

“Historians are themselves the products of history.”  Paul Conkin and Roland Stromberg, American historians

“I don’t know much about history and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” Henry Ford, American industrialist (1863-1947)

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 8, 2024 at 8:41pm


It is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours


“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.” Alan Bennett, English playwright (1934- )

“History is a vast early warning system.” Norman Cousins, American journalist (1915-1990)

“If you don’t know history, it’s as if you were born yesterday. If you were born yesterday then any leader can tell you anything.” Howard Zinn, American historian (1924-2010)

“What is the use trying to describe the flowing of a river at any one moment, and then at the next moment, and then at the next, and the next, and the next? You wear out. You say ‘There is a great river and it flows through this land, and we have named it History’.” Ursula K. Le Guin, American writer (1929-2018)

“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher (551-479 BC) 

“The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power.” Albert Camus, French-Algerian author (1913-1960)

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 6, 2024 at 4:16pm


History is a map of the past for the modern traveller

“One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary… The enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilisation.”  John Jay Chapman, American author (1862-1933)

“History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.”  Henry Glassie, US historian (1941- )

“History is the story of events, with praise or blame.” Cotton Mather, American writer and politician (1663-1728)

“History is the study of all the world’s crime.” Voltaire, French writer and philosopher (1694-1778)

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” David McCullough, American historian (1933- )

“No other discipline has its portals so wide open to the general public as history.” Johan Huizinga, Dutch historian (1872-1945)

“History gives answers only to those who know how to ask questions.” Hajo Holborn, German-American historian (1902-1969)

“A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” Robert Heinlein, American author (1907-1988)

Comment by 史識 庫 on February 4, 2024 at 10:48am


Echoes of Time: Reflecting on History's Lessons by Dr. Tan Beng Huat

1. History is essentially the interpretation of materials uncovered and studied by historians. We should always value the honest work of academics, regardless of personal biases.

2. Historical materials encompass artifacts and various forms of literature such as books, journals, reports, and documents.

3. The sources of these findings are crucial for understanding context.

4. Importantly, history isn't solely about the past; it also informs our understanding of the future.

5. In the past, whenever Malaysians engage in debates about the "true history," it often leads to bitterness and complicates our collective efforts for a better future.

6. In Chinese philosophy, history and poetics are intertwined. Just as poets craft their perceptions of reality through words, rhythm, and mood, historians do the same through research, interpretation, and advocacy.

7. Our ancestors' history should guide us toward a noble purpose of creating a better future for all.

8. The 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic friendship provides an opportune moment to articulate this vision.

9. Let's kick-start our efforts right after Chinese New Year 2024. May it be the greatest gift for the Year of the Dragon.(4.12.2024)

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