Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.
Since history has no properly scientific value, its only purpose is educative. And if historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is valueless except in so far as it educates themselves.
The historian amputates reality.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies.
The function off the historian is neither to love the past nor to emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present.
When a historian enters into metaphysics he has gone to a far country from whose bourne he will never return a historian.
Out of the fictitious book I get the expression of the life, of the times, of the manners, of the merriment, of the dress, the pleasure, the laughter, the ridicules of society. The old times live again. Can the heaviest historian do more for me?
The poet may say or sing, not as things were, but as they ought to have been; but the historian must pen them, not as they ought to have been, but as they really were.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat the eleventh grade.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'
We must be very careful not to assign this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.
Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.
Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it.
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
History - an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
Futurism today is led by science-fiction writers, by sociologists, by historians. Now, I have nothing against them. I'm sure they do great work. But they're not scientists. They're clueless.
There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
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