the history boys

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“I’m reluctant at this stage in the game to expose you to new ideas, but having taught you all history on a strictly non-gender-orientated basis I just wonder whether it occurs to any of you how dispiriting this can be? Can you for a moment imagine how depressing it is to teach five centuries of masculine ineptitude.

Why do you think there are no women historians on TV? I’ll tell you why: Because history’s not such a frolic for women as it is for men. Why should it be? They never get around the conference table. In 1919, for instance, they just arranged the flowers, then gracefully retired. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.

And I’m not asking you to espouse this point of view, but the occasional nod in its direction can do you no harm.”

- MRS. LINTOTT (The History Boys 2006)

The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
—  Alan Bennett, The History Boys
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300 FAVORITE MOVIES (in no particular order)

214. The History Boys (2006)

“Reckless, impulsive, immoral — how come there’s such a difference between the way you teach and the way you live? Why are you so bold in argument and talking, but when it comes to the point, when it’s something that’s actually happening — I mean, now you’re so fucking careful!”

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.
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Alan Bennett, The History Boys

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The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours
—  Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film 
The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.
—  The History Boys

Hi my name is John Quincy Adams and I have long brown hair (but I’m starting to go bald) with white streaks and brown tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like John Adams (AN: if u don’t know who he is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to George Washington but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m running for president but I’m not gonna campaign. I have pale white skin. I’m also a Democratic Republican, and I was the Secretary of State in America from 1817-1825 (I’m 58!!!). I’m a Whig (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love long pants and my mom complains about the way I dress. For example today I was wearing a black jacket with pants under it, and a black cotton vest, white socks and black boots. I was wearing white hair powder and a hat that Henry Clay gave me. I was walking outside The Capital Building. It was The Era Of Good Feelings, so there was widespread political unity, which I was very happy about. A lot of Jacksonians stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.

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“It’s such a cliche.” “Right, and you abhor cliches, don’t you? And you teach us to avoid them. Nothing worse, nothing more likely to ‘put the examiners off’. But in this subject there are no examiners. And I’ll tell you something, cliches can be quite good fun. That’s how they came to be cliches. So give yourself a break, be like everybody else for a change. On this one you don’t have to be different."