Quotations About / On: HISTORY

  • 21.
    Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted; a shadow history of human beings whose existence has been shaped by the efforts and the demands of others.
    (Elizabeth Janeway (b. 1913), U.S. author, critic. "Reflections on the History of Women," Women: Their Changing Roles (1973).)
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  • 22.
    The use of natural history is to give us aid in supernatural history: the use of the outer creation, to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 4 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
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  • 23.
    The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Compensation," Essays, First Series (1841).)
  • 24.
    We said that the history of mankind depicts man; in the same way one can maintain that the history of science is science itself.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. On the Theory of Color, preface (1810).)
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  • 25.
    '[The] simple answer to that is that we are part of history. But the complex response is that history is largely invented. And the history that exists now is an accumulation of objects from previous ages.'
    (- -Nathan Coppedge, via blog. Nov 2015.)
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  • 26.
    History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.... It is not "history" which uses men as a means of achieving—as if it were an individual person—its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.
    (Karl Marx (1818-1883), German social philosopher, revolutionary, and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German philosopher. The Holy Family (1844-1845).)
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  • 27.
    The history is always the same the product is always different and the history interests more than the product. More, that is, more. Yes. But if the product was not different the history which is the same would not be more interesting.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. "Sentences," How To Write, Plain Edition (1931).)
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  • 28.
    History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
    (Thucydides (c. 460-400 B.C.), Athenian historian. Quoted by Dionysius of Halicarnassus in Ars Rhetorica, ch. 11, sect. 2.)
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  • 29.
    Happy is the nation without a history.
    (Cesare Beccaria (1735-1794), Italian jurist, philosopher. On Crimes and Punishments, Introduction (1764). Thomas Carlyle attributes a similar utterance to Charles de Montesquieu, in History of Frederick the Great (1858-1865) bk. 16, ch. 1: "Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books!")
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  • 30.
    History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
    (Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 3 (1776-1788).)
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