Nov 3, 2014

On the necessity of History

To study something of great age until one grows familiar with it and almost to live in its time, is not merely to satisfy a curiosity or to establish aimless truths: it is rather to fulfil a function whose appetite has always rendered History a necessity. By the recovery of the Past, stuff and being are added to us; our lives which, lived in the present only, are a film or surface, take on body— are lifted into one dimension more. The soul is fed. Reverence and knowledge and security and the love of a good land— all these are increased or given by the pursuit of this kind of learning.

- Hilaire Belloc, The Old Road

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