Posted by Victor's nephew on January 22, 2004
In Reply to: Re: History is written by the victors. posted by R. Ostrow on January 21, 2004
: : : : This phrase seems to be everywhere of late. I can't find the origin. Does anyone have an idea where it came from, and who said/wrote it?
: : : : Thanks.
: : : I looked in several quote books (and at Quoteland online) and couldn't find it. I did find a similar quote:
: : : "'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'" George Orwell, "1984."
: : WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is, in some ways, the newest of issues, and in some ways the oldest of issues. Plato said, thousands of years ago, "Those who tell the stories rule society."
: : http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0009/12/nr.00.html
: Thanks! I should have known it was Plato. I wonder how this variation developed.
I'm pretty sure that my uncle Victor never wrote history. Come to think of it, he doesn't usually even sign cheques.