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


    I have read somewhere or other,—in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think,—that history is philosophy teaching by examples. 1
          On the Study and Use of History. Letter 2.
    The dignity of history. 2
          On the Study and Use of History. Letter v.
    It is the modest, not the presumptuous, inquirer who makes a real and safe progress in the discovery of divine truths. One follows Nature and Nature’s God; that is, he follows God in his works and in his word. 3
          Letter to Mr. Pope.
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]
Note 2.
Henry Fielding: Tom Jones, book xi. chap. ii. Horace Walpole: Advertisement to Letter to Sir Horace Mann. Thomas B. Macaulay: History of England, vol. i. chap. i. [back]
Note 3.
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
But looks through Nature up to Nature’s God.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Man, epistle iv. line 331. [back]