„History must be this or it is nothing. Every law which the state enacts indicates a fact in human nature; that is all. We must in ourselves see the necessary reason of every fact, — see how it could and must be.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), History
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—  Edward Coke English lawyer and judge 1552 - 1634
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