Quotes by historian

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  • I can see only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.
  • Lee Simonson
    Lee Simonson
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    Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
  • Brendan I. Koerner
    Brendan I. Koerner
    American author 1974-
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    According to tarot historian Gertrude Moakley, the cards' fanciful images - from the Fool to Death - were inspired by the costumed figures who participated in carnival parades.
  • Bayard Taylor
    Bayard Taylor
    American poet, travel author, and diplomat 1825-1878
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    Ancient Pines, Ye bear no record of the years of man. Spring is your sole historian.
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
    Bernice Johnson Reagon
    American composer, scholar, and social activist 1942-
    Bernice Johnson Reagon
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    But I'm a historian. I wasn't interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
    Samuel Johnson
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    Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian... Imagination is not required in any high degree.
  • Henry Louis Mencken
    Henry Louis Mencken
    American journalist and critic 1880-1956
    Henry Louis Mencken
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    Historian - an unsuccessful novelist.
  • Henry Louis Mencken
    Henry Louis Mencken
    American journalist and critic 1880-1956
    Henry Louis Mencken
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    Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
  • A. J. P. Taylor
    A. J. P. Taylor
    British historian 1906-1990
    A. J. P. Taylor
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    I was a narrative historian, believing more and more as I matured that the first function of the historian was to answer the child's question, What happened next?
    Source: A Personal History (1983) p. 301
  • Gore Vidal
    Gore Vidal
    American writer and criticus 1925-
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    It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    Nations! What are nations? Tartars! and Huns! and Chinamen! Like insects they swarm. The historian strives in vain to make them memorable. It is for want of a man that there are so many men. It is individuals that populate the world.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
    C. S. Lewis
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    No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.
    Source: The Weight of Glory
  • Antoine Rivarol
    Antoine Rivarol
    French journalist 1753-1801
    Antoine Rivarol
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    Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.
  • George Eliot
    George Eliot
    English writer and poet 1819-1880
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    Sir Joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change - only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
  • A. B. Yehoshua
    A. B. Yehoshua
    Israeli novelist 1936-
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    So with truth - there is a certain moment when one can say, this is the truth and here I put a dot, a stop, and I go to another thing. A judge has to put an end to a deliberation. But for a historian, there's never an end to the past. It can go on and on and on.
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