Quotations About / On: HISTORY

  • 11.
    Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
    (Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. Quoted in Stanley Karnow, Mao and China: From Revolution to Revolution (1972). Said in Aug. 1949.)
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  • 12.
    But what experience and history teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. The Philosophy of History, introduction (1837).)
  • 13.
    Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
    (Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Poetics 9: 1451b5-8, Complete Works of Aristotle, trans. by I. Bywater, ed. Jonathan Barnes, Princeton University Press (1984).)
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  • 14.
    American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe.
    (Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978), U.S. art critic, author. The Tradition of the New, ch. 14 (1960).)
  • 15.
    Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes.
    (Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794), French writer, wit. Maxims and Considerations, vol. 2, no. 487 (1796), trans. by E. Powys Mathers (1926).)
  • 16.
    The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.
    (Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Tancred, bk. 3, ch. 4 (1847).)
  • 17.
    The history of our era is the nauseating and repulsive history of the crucifixion of the procreative body for the glorification of the spirit.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Introduction to These Paintings," Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 569, Viking Press (1936).)
  • 18.
    Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.
    (Imre Lakatos (1922-1974), Hungarian philosopher of science. repr. Scientific Revolutions, pp. 107-127, ed. I. Hacking. "History of Science and its Rational Reconstructions," (1970). Evocative, of course, of Kant: "Concepts without percepts are empty, percepts without concepts are blind." (Critique of Pure Reason, A 51/B 75).)
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  • 19.
    Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.
    (G.M. (George Macaulay) Trevelyan (1876-1962), British historian. English Social History, introduction (1942).)
  • 20.
    English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.
    (Malcolm Bradbury (b. 1932), British author. Stepping Westward, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1965).)
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