English Historian Quotes

163 English Historian quotes:

"Biography, like big game hunting, is one of the recognized forms of sport, and it is as unfair as only sport can be."
"But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous."
"The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive."
"The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others lives unblest!"
"Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused."
"As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities."
"History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
"Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin."
"I was never less alone than when by myself."
"Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself."
"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful."
"Success is little more than a chemical compound of man with moment."
"By a series of violent shocks, the nations in succession have struggled to shake off the Past, to reverse the action of Time and the verdict of success, and to rescue the world from the reign of the dead."
"By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion."
"History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong."
"If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation."
"Liberty is the condition of duty, the guardian of conscience. It grows as conscience grows. The domains of both grow together. Liberty is safety from all hindrances, even sin. So that Liberty ends by being Free Will."
"Liberty is the prevention of control by others."
"The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition."
"The greatest men, you can quote for everything."

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