Quotations About / On: HISTORY

  • 31.
    There is properly no history, only biography.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Essays, "History," First Series (1841). Thomas Carlyle similarly wrote, in his journal Jan. 13, 1832, "Biography is the only true history.")
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  • 32.
    History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
    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 (1807).)
  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
    (Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. general, Republican politician, president. inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1953.)
  • 36.
    The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
    (Ben C. Bradlee (b. 1921), U.S. editor. quoted in Studs Terkel, Talking to Myself, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1977).)
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  • 37.
    The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
    (Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, October 20, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
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  • 38.
    History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
  • 39.
    In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
    (Anthony Sampson (b. 1926), British journalist, author. Anatomy of Britain Today, ch. 9 (1965).)
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  • 40.
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
    (H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. The Outline of History, vol. 2, ch. 41 (1920).)
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