Quotation by Edgar Quinet

Today as in the time of Pliny and Columella, the hyacinth flourishes in Wales, the periwinkle in Illyria, the daisy on the ruins of Numantia; while around them cities have changed their masters and their names, collided and smashed, disappeared into nothingness, their peaceful generations have crossed down the ages as fresh and smiling as on the days of battle.
Edgar Quinet (1803–1875), French poet, historian, politician. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 2 (1857). Quoted in Johann Herder, Philosophy of Human History, introduction (1825).

This passage was quoted in the original French by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake.
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