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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

3281 Henry

AUTHOR:Henry, Viscount Bolingbroke St. John (1678–1751)
QUOTATION:I have read somewhere or other,—in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think,—that history is philosophy teaching by examples. 1
ATTRIBUTION:On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2.
Note 1.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus (quoting Thucydides), Ars Rhet. xi. 2, says: “The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples.” [back]