Quotations About / On: HISTORY

  • 11.
    “Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.”
    More quotations from: Joseph John Campbell
  • 12.
    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.)
    More quotations from: Mao Zedong, history
  • 13.
    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).)
  • 14.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Aristotle, history, poetry, nature
  • 15.
    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).)
  • 16.
    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).)
  • 17.
    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).)
  • 18.
    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).)
  • 19.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Imre Lakatos, history, empty
  • 20.
    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).)
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