Quote of the day

History and Literature

“The act of writing this book made it clear to me that history, folklore and fiction are actually more similar than they are different. Each uses storytelling as a means of reckoning with the world, of processing trauma—both individually and collectively—and of finding one’s place. At the same time, these stories, whether fictional or factual, bind us to something greater, some shared understanding of where we have come from, of who we are, and of who we might become. “

Emma Seckel

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day”

  1. Well said! It reminds me of a fusion of Rudyard Kipling “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” and Terry Pratchett’s “People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation! For some reason, WordPress won’t let me post a comment there. I like how you pointed out the “human element”: I got to that realization through a different path, and it made me an avid reader of behavioral economics literature since. I’m looking forward to reading Tuchman’s book and learning more from our past, thanks again for the pointer!

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