On politics and politicians

I can't believe I have waited this long before embarking on a page of quotations about politics.

On history

It was Hegel, see below, who observed two centuries ago that we learn nothing from history and, apparently, this is still the case.

On women and men—2

Camille Paglia seems to be the feminist who most annoys other feminists. Yet I cannot see much other than wisdom in what she writes.

On being a parent : on being a child—2

We were all children once. How we were brought up has affected, irretrievably, how we are now. It would be foolish to overlook the parallels that can be drawn between

On courage

Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway . letter to F Scott Fitzgerald

Being metaphysical

The 'metaphysical poets' have a reputation for being difficult. And they are. However the metaphysical poets, amongst whom Donne and Marvell stand tall, can use language in

On helping and being helped

If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people. Tony Benn . 1925-2014 . British politician

On change—2

Apparently, change is still the only certainty (well, apart from death and taxes, of course).

On (not) learning from history

Do we learn anything from history? Clearly the opportunities are abundant, but...

The key quotations

Of all the quotations in my collection—over a thousand—these seem to epitomise emotional intelligence at work more than most.