Words, words, words

Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes, I will be brief.

History Boys

leave a comment »

“What’s always concerned me is, where do they eat their sandwiches? Drink their cokes?”
“The visitor’s centre, it’s like anywhere else.”

“That’s right, isn’t it? Wittgenstein-”
“Yes, that’s good-”
“Asdfjkl, no, it’s not good! It’s flip, it’s glib, it’s journalism.”

“Wittgenstein did not screw it out of his very guts in order for you to turn it into a dinky formula!”

“Can’t you see that even to say et cetera is monstrous? Et cetera is what the Nazis would’ve said. The dead reduced to mere verbal abbreviation.”

“But when we talk about putting ’em in context, it’s only the same as in the dissolution of the monasteries. After all, monasteries have been dissolved before Henry VIII, dozens of them!”
“Yes, but the difference is I didn’t lose any relatives in the dissolution of the monasteries!”

“Not good point, Sir. TRUE!”

“No, no! But this is history. Distance yourselves! Our perspective of the past alters, and looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don’t see it. And because we don’t see it, this means there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian’s jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be. Even on the holocaust.”

Written by Elysia

September 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: