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History And Historians Quotes

54 History And Historians quotes:

"To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture."
"There is a history in all men's lives."
"A page of history is worth a pound of logic."
"In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history."
"History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten."
"For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future."
"To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man."
"One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other."
"Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian; for in historical composition, all the greatest powers of the human mind are quiescent. He has facts ready to his hand; so there is no exercise of invention. Imagination is not required in any degree; only about as much as is used in the lowest kinds of poetry. Some penetration, accuracy, and coloring, will fit a man for the task, if he can give the application which is necessary."
"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history."
"Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it."
"Our best history is still poetry."
"And having wisdom with each studious year, in meditation dwelt, with learning wrought, and shaped his weapon with an edge severe, sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer."
"History is the devil's scripture."
"History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead."
"He is the purest figure in history. [About George Washington]"
"Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter."
"The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies."
"History is a race between education and catastrophe."
"The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders."

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