Historian Quotes

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

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

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

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;

Thomas Jerome Baker
“What is deemed as “his-story” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors...Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story……”
Thomas Jerome Baker, Boudicca: Her Story

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

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

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

Charles Stross
“A historian who works for a bank: That’s not the most likely background for someone who capers around the cosmos having adventures, is it?”
Charles Stross, Neptune's Brood

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

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

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The future historian will rank him as one of the heroes of the nineteenth century.

{Stanton's opinion of the great Robert Ingersoll}”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

Marc Bloch
“When it is a question of ascertaining whether or not some human act has really taken place, [historians] cannot be too painstaking. If they proceed to the reasons for that act, they are content with the merest appearance, ordinarily founded upon one of those maxims of common-place psychology which are neither more nor less true than their opposites.”
Marc Bloch

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

“Historians conquer the past, not the future. (Les historiens conquièrent - Le passé, non l'avenir)”
Charles de Leusse

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

“Hillary Rodham Clinton is a museum-quality specimen of the Yankee – self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing.”
--Dr. Clyde Wilson”
Dr. Clyde Wilson

“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

“The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.”
E. L. Doctorow

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

“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

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