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 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.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
The historian amputates reality.
Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.
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.
When a historian enters into metaphysics he has gone to a far country from whose bourne he will never return a historian.
History was a series of decisions about what to tell and a series of accidents about what survived after telling. Not truth, but a historian could search for truth, and the search was as worthy as any other human activity.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.
There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
History must speak for itself. A historian is content if he has been able to shed more light.
Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.
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.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Every good historian is almost by definition a revisionist. He looks at the accepted view of a particular historic episode or period with a very critical eye.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat the eleventh grade.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
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?
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.
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