Historian Quotes

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Elizabeth Kostova
“It touched me to be trusted with something terrible.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Friedrich Schlegel
“The historian is a prophet looking backwards.”
Friedrich Von Schlegel, Philosophical Fragments

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
“A pioneer is not someone who makes her own soap. She is one who takes up her burdens and walks toward the future.”
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

C.L.R. James
“When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity.”
C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

Edward Hallett Carr
“Study the historian before you begin to study the facts.”
Edward Hallett Carr, What Is History?

Elizabeth Kostova
“What comes to your mind when you think of the word Transylvania, if you ponder it at all? What comes to my mind are mountains of savage beauty, ancient castles, werewolves, and witches - a land of magical obscurity. How, in short, am I to believe I will still be in Europe, on entering such a realm? I shall let you know if it's Europe or fairyland, when I get there. First, Snagov - I set out tomorrow.”
Elizabeth Kostova

Lucian of Samosata
“The only business of the historian is to relate things exactly as they are: this he can never do as long as he is afraid”
Lucian of Samosata, Lucian's True History

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you are delighted to be in ancient ruins, you are either a curious historian or a romantic person!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Lytton Strachey
“For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian──ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection that unattainable by the highest art.”
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians

Robert Jackson Bennett
“Historians, I think, should be keepers of truth. We must tell things as they are -- honestly, and without subversion. That is the greatest good one can do. -- City of Stairs”
Robert Jackson Bennett

Karen Russell
“At ten, I couldn't articulate much but I got the message: to be a true historian, you had to mourn amply and well. (spoken by narrator Ava Bigtree in Swamplandia!)”
Karen Russell

“We should always be aware that what now lies in the past once lay in the future.”
F.W. Maitland

Cynthia Hand
“Chicks dig historians.”
Cynthia Hand, Unearthly

Laurence Overmire
“A society that has no respect, no regard for its bards, its historians, its storytellers, is a society in steep decline, a society that has lost its very soul and may never find its way.”
Laurence Overmire, The Ghost of Rabbie Burns: An American Poet's Journey Through Scotland

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“History and man made each other.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Katie Alender
“I felt a tightening in my chest, a sharp spike of intense sadness-almost like nostalgia, except it was for a life I never had.”
Katie Alender, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

Elizabeth Kostova
“Looking down on their glossy heads, I realized that they were indeed threatened; they were simply unaware of it. We are all vulnerable.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

Tara Westover
“I remembered attending one of Dr. Kerry's lectures, which he had begun by writing, "Who writes history?" on the blackboard. I remembered how strange the question had seemed to me then. My idea of a historian was not human; it was of someone like my father, more prophet than man, whose visions of the past, like those of the future, could not be questioned, or even augmented. Now, as I passed through King's college, in the shadow of the enormous chapel, my old diffidence seemed almost funny. Who writes history? I thought. I do.”
Tara Westover, Educated

Elizabeth Kostova
“This corner of history was as real as the tiled floor under our feet or the wooden tabletop under our fingers. The people to whom it had happened had actually lived and breathed and felt and thought and then died, as we did - as we would.”
Elizabeth Kostova

“The past is the occupational realm of historians—their daily work—and scholars have debated what their stance toward these social issues should be. As citizens and professionals, historians may naturally form a desire, as Carl Becker puts it, “to do work in the world.” That is, they might aspire to write history that is not only of scholarly value but also has a salutary impact in society. Becker defines the appropriate impact and the historian’s proper role as “correcting and rationalizing for common use Mr. Everyman’s mythological adaption of what actually happened.”

That process is never simple, however, when the subject involves divisions so deep that they led to civil wars. One issue that inevitably leads to controversy is the extent to which history involves moral judgment. Another is the power of myths, exerting their influence on society and acting in opposition to the findings of historical research [190—91].”
Paul D. Escott, Uncommonly Savage: Civil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States

Elizabeth Kostova
“It’s the reward of the business (historian), to look history in the eye & say, ‘I know who you are. You can’t fool me.”
Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian

A.E. Samaan
“History is indeed stranger than fiction. The twists and turns of human history are too outlandish for to be believable in any work of fiction.”
A.E. Samaan

“...history is inherently an eclectic discipline and the skills it requires are correspondingly diverse. And therein lie its strengths. Eclecticism is sometimes treated as a dirty word. At the very least it sounds untidy - just so: if historians treat the past in too tidy a manner they lose a great deal...It is precisely the ability to embrace complexities while making sense of them, and to think flexibly about diverse phenomena at distinct analytical levels, that characterises historians' purchase on the past.”
Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice

“...history is, as R.G. Collingwood suggested, a re-enactment of the past in the mind of the historian...”
Jerome Buckley

Elmar Hussein
“No historian should be a nationalist. Nationalism consequently leads to the delusion and mystification of the historical facts, consciously or unconsciously, in favour of national interests, which in turn makes history basically a subjective vision system.”
Elmar Hussein

“... the historian who visits a place writes a different history than the historian who stays at home, satisfied to read about a place someone else once visited”
Barry Lopez

“The Christian historian, like the non-Christian, does valuable service if he does no more than to clear the minds of his audience of some of the nonsense of the slogans and mythologies of his era.”
George Marsden

Margaret McMullan
“He (Friedrich Engel de Jánosis) stated clearly that he was the last Engel de Jánosis, when in fact he knew he was not. He left behind his mother, wife, and daughter, all of them Engel de Jánosis. And then there were the Hungarian Engel de Jánosis, his aunts, uncles, cousins still alive in Pécs and in other towns and villages in Hungary. He knew this. They were not dead, not yet anyway, but in his mind, they were. Already, the historian was rewriting history.”
Margaret McMullan, Where the Angels Lived

Steven Pinker
“Una sociedad sin erudición histórica es como una persona sin memoria: engañada, confundida y fácilmente explotada.”
Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

“Given the focus on language, it should come as no surprise that this book deals with what individuals said and published … The new “linguistic” emphasis of modern scholarship has added to our understanding of the past … Throughout, “language” is not recovered divorced from its historical context, but linked to the individuals who used it, and to their (and others’) actions and activities”
Paul Readman, Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity, and the Politics of Land, 1880-1914

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