“Everything you’re sure is right can be wrong in another place.” — Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
“The only reason for writing history, I think,is so we can try to understand the present. Because of that, the questions it seems relevant to us to ask about the past are informed by our experience of the present. You’re asking the past different questions from what people did fifty years ago, or will be doing in another fifty years.” — Pat Barker, The Art of Fiction No. 243, The Paris Review (Winter 2018)
“Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers.” — Kazuo Ishiguro, A Pale View of Hills
“’Some quotations,’ said Zellaby, ‘are greatly improved by lack of context.’” — John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos
“The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
“The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47, 52 (3 March 1919)