Quotations About / On:
Universal history is the history of a few metaphors.
(Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. (Essay first published 1951). "Pascal's Sphere," Other Inquisitions (1960), trans. (1964).)
All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
History, a distillation of rumour.
(Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, pt. 1, bk. 7, ch. 5 (1837).)
World history is tragic.
(Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).)
History should be written as philosophy.
(Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French philosopher, author. Letter, October 31, 1738.)
That great dust-heap called "history."
(Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), British essayist, politician. "Carlyle," Obiter Dicta, first series (1884).)
News is the first rough draft of history.
(Philip L. Graham (1915-1963), U.S. newspaper publisher. Attributed.
Also ascribed to Washington Post editor Ben C. Bradlee; but Bradlee himself, interviewed in Vanity Fair (New York, Sept. 1991), credited it to Graham, his former boss at the Post.)
The transcendental promises a vacation from history.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
History is a relay of revolutions.
(Saul Alinsky (1909-1972), U.S. radical activist. "Of Means and Ends," Rules for Radicals (1971).)
The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.
(Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. Paul, in "Imagagology," pt. 3, Immortality (1991).
On the death of ideology.)