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  • He alone did not obey the law of immutability in the enchanted, sleeping castle.
  • Pfuel was one of those hopelessly and immutably self-confident men, self-confident to the point of martyrdom as only Germans are, because only Germans are self-confident on the basis of an abstract notion—science, that is, the supposed knowledge of absolute truth.
  • The actions of men are subject to general immutable laws expressed in statistics.
  • On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
  • Among the opinions and voices in this immense, restless, brilliant, and proud sphere, Prince Andrew noticed the following sharply defined subdivisions of tendencies and parties: The first party consisted of Pfuel and his adherents—military theorists who believed in a science of war with immutable laws—laws of oblique movements, outflankings, and so forth.
  • From this fundamental difference between the view held by history and that held by jurisprudence, it follows that jurisprudence can tell minutely how in its opinion power should be constituted and what power—existing immutably outside time—is, but to history’s questions about the meaning of the mutations of power in time it can answer nothing.

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  • It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
  • We tend to think that history is written in stone, that it’s unchanging, immutable, fixed. But history isn’t a one-way conversation; it’s a continuing dialogue between the past and the present.
    Richard Stengel  --  A New Take on J.F.K., Time Magazine, 6/21/07

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