History And Historians Quotes


56 History And Historians quotes:



"History is the distillation of rumor."
"Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles."
"The history of the world is but the biography of great men."
"The whole past is the procession of the present."
"History is but a confused heap of facts."
"The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves."
"The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius."
"History tells us more than we want to know about what is wrong with man, and we can hardly turn a page in the daily press without learning the specific time, place, and name of evil. But perhaps the most pervasive evil of all rarely appears in the news. This evil, the waste of human potential, is particularly painful to recognize for it strikes our parents and children, our friends and brothers, ourselves."
"Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist."
"I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy."
"Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time."
"Every time history repeats itself the price goes up."
"History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable."
"Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever."
"This is a fabulous part of world history that most people don't understand."
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."


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