Quotations that match 'historian'.

God cannot alter the past, though historians can. Samuel Butler History
[ Alter Cannot God Historians Past Though]
I'm a historian, and that freaks me out. Mike Tyson
[ Freaks Historian Out]
Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors. Antoine Rivarol
[ Actors Historian Passions Reason]
Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art. Lytton Strachey
[ Art Clarifies First Highest Historian Ignorance Perfection Requisite Selects Unattainable Which]
The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice. His sympathy, like that of the historian, must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party. Goldwin Smith
[ His Historian Humanity Look Must Novelist Partiality Party Prejudice Sect Sympathy Unbounded Without]
You'd have to have one hell of an imagination to completely make up a story, but historians are very anal about what they think should be portrayed on screen. Thankfully they don't make movies; we do. Dougray Scott
[ Completely Hell Historians Imagination Make Movies Portrayed Screen Should Story Thankfully Think Up Very]
You're making a movie, not a documentary. If you made a film like the historians would like you to make, you're not going to go and see it. I'd rather see paint dry. Dougray Scott
[ Documentary Dry Film Go Going Historians Made Make Making Movie Paint Rather See Would]
Every historian with professional standards speaks or writes what he believes to be true. Samuel E. Morison
[ Believes Every Historian Professional Speaks Standards True Writes]
I didn't realize the president was such an historian. Mark Shields
[ Historian President Realize Such]
The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius. E. M. Forster
[ Behave Conception Dead Experience Experiences Gain Genius His Historian Historians How Men Move Must Only Otherwise Personal Some Through Use Will World]
How well Shakespeare knew how to improve and exalt little circumstances, when he borrowed them from circumstantial or vulgar historians. Horace Walpole
[ Borrowed Circumstances Exalt Historians How Improve Knew Little Shakespeare Them Vulgar Well]
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects. Herodotus
[ Conscientious Correct Defects Few Happen Historian Rest Right These Things Time Very Will]
History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other. Philip Guedalla
[ Each Historians History Itself Other Repeat Repeats]
I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past. Ron Chernow
[ Back Carry Historians Past Tends Think Tide]
Every historian discloses a new horizon. George Sand
[ Discloses Every Historian Horizon New]
In any case, his judgment and set of values, acting alone or through his assistants, determine not only what is gold and what is dross but the design of the history which he creates out of the metal. The historian decides what is significant, and what is not. Samuel E. Morison
[ Acting Alone Any Assistants Case Creates Decides Design Determine Dross Gold His Historian History Judgment Metal Only Out Set Significant Through Values Which]
Scholars and historians have dubbed the last 100 years the American Century, and I think there can be little doubt that the Council on Foreign Relations helped to make it so. Spencer Abraham
[ American Century Council Doubt Dubbed Foreign Helped Historians Last Little Make Relations Scholars Think Years]
The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them. Thomas Kuhn
[ Change Changes Historian Itself May Paradigms Science Tempted Them World]
I can see that you are a true historian because you really always ought to ask that question about anybody at a different place or a different time: What's the same and what's different? Donald Kagan
[ Always Anybody Ask Because Different Historian Ought Place Question Really Same See Time True]
What is a historian, anyway? It is someone who uses facts to record the development of humanity. Lion Feuchtwanger
[ Anyway Development Facts Historian Humanity Record Someone Uses]
Every historian has informally an anthropology, without ever using the word. Peter Gay
[ Anthropology Ever Every Historian Using Without Word]
It is useful to the historian, among others, to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena, whether phonetic, morphological or other, and how language lives, carries on and changes over time. Ferdinand de Saussure
[ Able Among Carries Changes Commonest Different Forms Historian How Language Lives Morphological Other Others Over Phenomena See Time Useful Whether]
The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970. Tom Hayden
[ Between Chapters Civil Establishment Handle Historians History Issue Least Much Rights Riots Studied Too]
The quarrel of the sociologists with the historians is that the latter have learned so much about how to do it that they have forgotten what to do. They have become so skilled in finding facts that they have no use for the truths that would make the facts worth finding. Albion W. Small
[ Become Facts Finding Forgotten Historians How Latter Learned Make Much Quarrel Skilled Sociologists Truths Use Worth Would]
Britain will be honoured by historians more for the way she disposed of an empire than for the way in which she acquired it. Lord Harlech
[ Acquired Britain Disposed Empire Historians Honoured More She Than Way Which Will]
The same contingencies of time and space that force a statesman or soldier to make decisions, impel the historian, though with less urgency, to make up his mind. Samuel E. Morison
[ Decisions Force His Historian Less Make Mind Same Soldier Space Statesman Though Time Up Urgency]
The historian is terribly responsible to what he can discern are the facts of the case, but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case. Howard Nemerov
[ Case Discern Facts Historian Make Nothing Out Responsible Terribly]
I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist; I'm a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history. Oliver Stone
[ Am Does Dramatic Dramatist Historian History Interpretation Trying]
The greatest of all the Sioux in my time, or in any time for that matter, was that wonderful old fighting man, Sitting Bull, whose life will some day be written by a historian who can really give him his due. Buffalo Bill
[ Any Bull Day Due Fighting Give Greatest Him His Historian Life Man Matter Old Really Sioux Sitting Some Time Whose Will Wonderful Written]
The astrologers and historians write that the ascendant as of Oxford is Capricornus, whose lord is Saturn, a religious planet, and patron of religious men. John Aubrey
[ Ascendant Historians Lord Men Oxford Patron Planet Religious Saturn Whose Write]
I'm not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past. Penelope Lively
[ Any Archaeology Aspect Get Historian Interested Obsessively Palaeontology Past Recent Very Whether]
I hope that not only my documentaries, but everybody's documentaries, last. It will really confuse historians in the next century, because they'll have, in addition to all the print material, they'll have all these pictures to look at. Frederick Wiseman
[ Addition Because Century Confuse Documentaries Everybody Historians Hope Last Look Material Next Only Pictures Print Really These Will]
The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies. Marc Bloch
[ Catches Fairy Flesh Giant Good His Historian Human Knows Lies Quarry Scent Tale Wherever]
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. Barbara Tuchman
[ Even Food Historian Libraries Muse Shelter]
I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all. I'm not an art historian. I don't see that there's this period and that period. Howard Hodgkin
[ Art Historian Historical Overview Period Really See Work]
Too rigid specialization is almost as bad for a historian's mind, and for his ultimate reputation, as too early an indulgence in broad generalization and synthesis. Samuel E. Morison
[ Almost Bad Broad Early Generalization His Historian Indulgence Mind Reputation Rigid Specialization Synthesis Too Ultimate]
The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian. James H. Breasted
[ Ancient First Gave Historian History Man Place Recognized Science]
I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education. Stephen Ambrose
[ Beats Education Historian Learned Lifetime Nothing Politician Studying Through Universal World]
Among those people lucky enough, if you will, to have actually been brought to trial as a political prisoner, several historians have said there has not been one acquittal since the Bolshevik Revolution. Barbara Amiel
[ Acquittal Actually Among Been Bolshevik Brought Enough Historians Lucky Political Prisoner Revolution Said Several Since Those Trial Will]
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent. Stendhal
[ Ability First Historian Invent Qualification]
If you think about it, the historian's task is like that of the detective. David Herbert Donald
[ Detective Historian Task Think]
To write history is so difficult that most historians are forced to make concessions to the technique of legende. Erich Auerbach
[ Concessions Difficult Forced Historians History Make Most Technique Write]
You're not a historian, but most historians will tell you that they make very discrete judgment as to what facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape, some length that can be managed. Oliver Stone
[ Book Discrete Facts Historian Historians Into Judgment Length Make Managed Most Omit Order Shape Some Tell Their Very Will]
No, this customary aim of research by excavators is completely foreign to the historical work with which I am occupied... my sole and only aim is to be able to establish a historical fact, on which I disagree with some eminent historians and geographers. Heinrich Schliemann
[ Able Aim Am Completely Customary Disagree Eminent Establish Fact Foreign Historians Historical Occupied Only Research Sole Some Which Work]
A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot, he will never flatter his country in any respect. Francois Fenelon
[ Although Any Country Flatter Good His Historian Never Patriot Respect Timeless Will]
Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward. Josef Albers
[ Art Backward Create Historians Leave Looking Revive Traditionally]
Historians and archaeologists will one day discover that the ads of our time are the richest and most faithful reflections that any society ever made of its entire range of activities. Marshall McLuhan
[ Activities Ads Any Archaeologists Day Discover Entire Ever Faithful Historians Made Most Our Range Reflections Richest Society Time Will]
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. Leo Tolstoy
[ Answering Asked Deaf Go Historians Questions Them]
Now, to describe the process of the Wrapped Reichstag, which went from 1971 to '95, there is an entire book about that, because each one of our projects has its own book. The book is not an art book, meaning it's not written by an art historian. Christo
[ Art Because Book Describe Each Entire Historian Meaning Now Our Own Process Projects Reichstag Went Which Wrapped Written]
People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line. Dean Kamen
[ Along Appear Come Dead Ends Historians Kinds Line Longest Make Messy Mistakes Nonlinear Numerous Paths Possible Process Simple Straight Take Then Write]
The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent. Peter Conrad
[ Accident Circumstance Historian Inevitability Innocuous Job Promoting]
Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely, extremely low. Aldrich Ames
[ Argue Carry Certainly Could Debates Europe Extremely Historians Invasion Likelihood Low Really Soviet Speculative Western]
The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language. Paul de Man
[ Action Agent Both Degree His Historian Language Own Product Some Writer]
Fortunately, historians are now beginning to recognise the historic role of Islam as a liberating force for peoples oppressed by the burdens of unjust social systems. Aly Khan
[ Beginning Burdens Force Fortunately Historians Historic Islam Liberating Now Oppressed Peoples Recognise Role Social Systems Unjust]
Study men, not historians. Harry S. Truman
[ Historians Men Study]
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe. Simone Weil
[ Certainly Civilized Destroy Enslave Europe European Future Germany Had His Historians Hitler Most Nations Past Pronounce She Successors Thanks Their Treasures Were Would]
You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time. Ken Burns
[ Essential Get Historian Need Only Subject Through Time Way Your]
In taking action we must remember that the things which are happening to the Jews today are but a part of the general disintegration anticipated by philosophers and historians of different schools for almost half a century. Louis Finkelstein
[ Action Almost Anticipated Century Different Disintegration General Half Happening Historians Jews Must Part Philosophers Remember Schools Taking Things Today Which]
Oh no, I'm not a historian or anything like that. Lee Hazlewood
[ Anything Historian Oh]
It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians. Chuck Close
[ Aids Art Artists Certainly Does Find Historians Lenses Mirrors Other Out Upset Used]
I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life has been dictated by it too, as all our lives are. Penelope Lively
[ Been Century Change Dictated Historian How Life Lives Our Over Perceive Social Somebody Through Too Walked Wanting Whose Write]
The historian is a prophet looking backward. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
[ Backward Historian Looking Prophet]
It was necessary, as a black historian, to have a personal agenda. John Hope Franklin
[ Agenda Black Historian Necessary Personal]
Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
[ Another Been Biographer Could Critic Failed Historians Poets Reviewers Talents Their Therefore Thing Tried Turn Usually Would]
But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me - not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy. Oliver Stone
[ Accident Alongside Angle Answer Any Attack Conspiracy Fault Guys His Historian Life Lot Means Occurs Question Result Salt Stephen These Think Where Worth Your]
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. H. L. Mencken History
[ Historian Novelist Unsuccessful]
Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species. Konrad Lorenz
[ Cultures Determined Did Evolution Face Fact Historians Manner Natural Same Selection Species Will]
Historian - a broad-gauge gossip. Ambrose Bierce
[ Gossip Historian]
In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America. James H. Breasted
[ America Ancient Been Disclosed Displayed East Either Europe Field Historians History However More Near Recently Responsibility Sense Such]
Privatization came on slowly. When something very big happens, like privatization, historians and economists like to think you must have had very big causes. That is not how it happened. Kenneth Baker
[ Big Came Causes Economists Had Happened Happens Historians How Must Privatization Slowly Something Think Very]
The way in which mathematicians and physicists and historians talk is quite different, and what a physicist means by physical intuition and what a mathematician means by beauty or elegance are things worth thinking about. Clifford Geertz
[ Beauty Different Elegance Historians Intuition Mathematician Mathematicians Means Physical Physicist Physicists Quite Talk Things Thinking Way Which Worth]
The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable of observing the facts which he examines. Marc Bloch
[ Absolutely Definition Examines Facts Historian Incapable Observing Which]
No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician. James Harrington
[ Except First Historian Man May Must Politician See Traveller]
Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history - revisionist historians is what I like to call them. George W. Bush
[ Call Historians History Now Revisionist Rewrite Some Them Would]
But I'm a historian. I wasn't interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public. Bernice Johnson Reagon
[ Being Doing General Historian Interested Just Presenting Producer Public Research]
Perhaps the most important lesson of the New Social Historians is that history belongs to those about whom or whose documents survive. Bruce Jackson
[ Belongs Documents Historians History Important Lesson Most New Perhaps Social Survive Those Whom Whose]
There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field. Alan Dean Foster
[ Also Available Bad Certainly Field Future Good Historians Matter Means More New Sf Started Than Whether Writing]
I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years. David Rockefeller
[ Appreciation Art Aspects Historians History Informed Learned More Mother Over Technical Than Years]
The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies. James Anthony Froude
[ Against Duty First Guard His Historian Own Sympathies]
Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger. Michael N. Castle
[ Activist African American Angelou Believes Civil Contemporary Famous Great Hailed Historian Literature Makes Many Maya Only Person Poet Rights Stronger Struggle Voices]
Yet enthusiasm is no excuse for the historian going off balance. He should remind the reader that outcomes were neither inevitable nor foreordained, but subject to a thousand changes and chances. Samuel E. Morison
[ Balance Chances Changes Enthusiasm Excuse Going Historian Inevitable Neither Nor Off Outcomes Reader Remind Should Subject Thousand Were Yet]
Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present. Edmond de Goncourt
[ Historians Novelists Past Present Story Tell]
I'm a historian in my own mind. Quentin Tarantino
[ Historian Mind Own]
Both the historian and the novelist view history as the struggle of a tiny minority, able and determined to make judgments, which is up against a vast and densely packed majority of the blind, who are led by their instincts and unable to think for themselves. Lion Feuchtwanger
[ Able Against Blind Both Determined Historian History Instincts Judgments Led Majority Make Minority Novelist Packed Struggle Their Themselves Think Tiny Unable Up Vast View Which]
The search for the truth for truth's sake is the mark of the historian. B. H. Liddell Hart
[ Historian Mark Sake Search Truth]
History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story. Donald Kagan
[ Explain Explaining Had Historians History Own Story Telling Things Way]
I ain't no historian but I happen to savvy this incident. Charles M. Russell
[ Happen Historian Incident Savvy]
So with truth - there is a certain moment when one can say, this is the truth and here I put a dot, a stop, and I go to another thing. A judge has to put an end to a deliberation. But for a historian, there's never an end to the past. It can go on and on and on. A. B. Yehoshua
[ Another Certain Deliberation Dot End Go Here Historian Judge Moment Never Past Put Say Stop Thing Truth]
Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it. Eric Hobsbawm
[ Against Contradictions Historians Justifies Makes Nation Nations Others Past Produce Terms Without]
I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject. Ibrahim Babangida
[ Analysts Authority Believe Events Facts Historians Historical Living Make Need Subject Supplied Their Which Witnesses]
Historians still often see the end of the war as meaning nothing more for Germany than lost territories, lost participation in colonization, and lost assets for the state and individuals. They frequently overlook the most serious loss that Germany suffered. Gustav Stresemann
[ Assets Colonization End Frequently Germany Historians Individuals Loss Lost Meaning More Most Nothing Often Overlook Participation See Serious State Still Suffered Territories Than War]
Intellectual honesty is the quality that the public in free countries always has expected of historians; much more than that it does not expect, nor often get. Samuel E. Morison
[ Always Countries Does Expect Expected Free Get Historians Honesty Intellectual More Much Nor Often Public Quality Than]