Prehistory Quotes

Quotes tagged as "prehistory" (showing 1-18 of 18)
Toba Beta
“Prehistory of mankind is way too horrible to be remembered.
But if we choose to ignore it, then we'll be doomed to repeat it.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“Prehistory isn't like a 'veil' or a 'curtain' that 'lifts’ to reveal the pre-set 'stage' of history. Rather, prehistory is an absence of something: an absence of writing. So a better image of the ‘dawn of history’ might be an AM radio in the pre-dawn hours: you recognize wisps of words or music across the dial, inter blending, and noise obscures even the few clear-channel stations. The first ones we find, when we switch on the radio of history about 3200B.C.E., come from Mesopotamia, and those from Egypt soon emerge. Eventually the neighbouring lands produce records, with the effect that the ancient Near East is probably the best documented civilization before the invention of printing.” (Daniels and Bright, page 19)”
Peter T. Daniels, The World's Writing Systems

Garrett Carr
“Old, is it?" the man asks.
"Yes, very."
"Pre-war, is it?"
"Yes," I say. "If by war you mean the Norman invasion.”
Garrett Carr, The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland's Border

Kaye George
“There has always been the wind.
Since our planet began to turn, there has been the wind. This ball of dirt and fire and water started to spin. The air stirred. And Earth's time began.
But the beginnings of the wind are lost in the mists of time. The wind blew before the Appian Way wended through Rome. It blew before the Parthenon crowned Athens. Before pyramids sprang up in Egypt.
Before the Mayans. Before the Incas.
Before Man.”
Kaye George, Death in the Time of Ice

Geert Hofstede
“...in the unique case of a country’s geographic position, it is difficult to consider this factor as anything other than a cause, unless we assume that in prehistoric times peoples migrated to climates that fit their concepts of power distance, which is rather far-fetched.”
Geert Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind - Intercultural Cooperation and Its Importance for Survival

“The pre-frontal region of the Peking man resembles that found in some parts of the Middle West.”
Will Cuppy

Stephanie Coontz
“The idea that in prehistoric times a man would spend his life hunting only for the benefit of his own wife and children, who were dependent solely upon his hunting prowess for survival, is simply a projection of 1950s marital norms onto the past.”
Stephanie Coontz, Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage

G.I. Gurdjieff
“The Christian church, the Christian form of worship, was not invented by the fathers of the church. It was all taken in a ready-made form from Egypt, only not from the Egypt that we know but from one which we do not know. This Egypt was in the same place as the other but it existed much earlier. Only small bits of it survived in historical times, and these bits have been preserved in secret and so well that we do not even know where they have been preserved.

It will seem strange to many people when I say that this prehistoric Egypt was Christian many thousands of years before the birth of Christ, that is to say, that its religion was composed of the same principles and ideas that constitute true Christianity. Special schools existed in this prehistoric Egypt which were called 'schools of repetition.' In these schools a public repetition was given on definite days, and in some schools perhaps even every day, of the entire course in a condensed form of the sciences that could be learned at these schools. Sometimes this repetition lasted a week or a month. Thanks to these repetitions people who had passed through this course did not lose their connection with the school and retained in their memory all they had learned. Sometimes they came from very far away simply in order to listen to the repetition and went away feeling their connection with the school. There were special days of the year when the repetitions were particularly complete, when they were carried out with particular solemnity—and these days themselves possessed a symbolical meaning.

These 'schools of repetition' were taken as a model for Christian churches—the form of worship in Christian churches almost entirely represents the course of repetition of the science dealing with the universe and man. Individual prayers, hymns, responses, all had their own meaning in this repetition as well as holidays and all religious symbols, though their meaning has been forgotten long ago.”
G.I. Gurdjieff, In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching

“Für alle geschichtswissenschaftlichen Bereiche von der ältesten vorbiotischen Erdgeschichte bis zur Geschichte des Lebens und des Klimas und von der Urgeschichte bis zur neuesten Geschichte würde etwa ein Drittel jener Summe ausreichen, die wir zur Zeit weltweit in die Erforschung unseres Planetensystems und unseres Kosmos' investieren. Hier wie dort begegnen sich eine schwer vorstellbare Vergangenheit, die nur kurz politisch beinflußbare Gegenwart und eine faktisch unbegrenzt wirkende Zukunft. Es ist daher sicher folgerichtig, wenn wir als logische Ergänzung zum Bild des Kosmos auch die Geschichte unserer Erde, ihres Lebens und ihrer Menschen, zu der auch die lange Epoche der Steinzeit gehört, besser erkennen und verstehen lernen.”
Hansjürgen Müller-Beck, Die Steinzeit. Der Weg der Menschen in die Geschichte.

Pascal Quignard
“Nous sommes la première civilisation qui dispose d'un passé devenu immense. En 1940
personne ne connaissait les grottes de Lascaux et de Chauvet. En juillet dernier des chercheurs
ont découvert un crâne vieux de sept cents millions d'années. La profondeur du temps a
remplacé les dieux.”
Pascal Quignard

Pascal Quignard
“La chasse est le fond de l’art.
Le guet le fond de la contemplation.
La faim le fond du désir.
La carnivore le fond de l’admiration.”
Pascal Quignard, Abîmes

Pascal Quignard
“L’évocation qui cache évoque ; c’est cela une paroi.
Une autre vie est pressentie ; ou une terreur inimaginable est défiée.
Cauchemars, rêves, fantômes régurgitent une espèce de corps sur la paroi. C’est-à-dire
sur la limite de notre condition. C’est-à-dire sur la frontière séparée, sexuée,
endeuillée. Cauchemars, rêves, fantômes font buter «l’image» contre la paroi
infranchissable – qui ne se franchit que silencieusement, dont on ne revient pas.
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Bois, cornes, canines, griffes, fourrures, odeurs, sauts, cris stridents,
marmonnements sourds, où êtes vous?”
Pascal Quignard, Abîmes

Benjamin Lee Whorf
“A fair realization of the incredible degree of the diversity of linguistic system that ranges over the globe leaves one with an inescapable feeling that the human spirit is inconceivably old; that the few thousand years of history covered by our written records are no more than the thickness of a pencil mark on the scale that measures our past experience on this planet; that the events of these recent millenniums spell nothing in any evolutionary wise, that the race has taken no sudden spurt, achieved no commanding synthesis during recent millenniums, but has only played a little with a few of the linguistic formulations and views of nature bequeathed from an inexpressibly longer past.”
Benjamin Lee Whorf

C.S. Lewis
“The educated man, habitually, almost without noticing it, sees the present as something that grows out of a long perspective of centuries. In my the minds of my RAF hearers this perspective simply did not exist. It seemed to me that they did not really believe that we have any reliable knowledge of historic man. But this was often curiously combined with a conviction that we knew a great deal about Prehistoric Man: doubtless because Prehistoric Man is labelled "Science" (which is reliable) whereas Napoleon or Julius Caesar is labelled as "History" (which is not.”
C.S. Lewis

“If you’re looking for family entertainment, don’t study history or prehistory.”
Peter Frost

Chris Gosden
“Explorations of the world are simultaneously explorations of the human body and being, charting the range of sensory experiences possible in the world and the values that can be attached to such experiences”
Chris Gosden, Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

A.S. Byatt
“The men and women of the Golden Age, Hesiod wrote, lived in an eternal spring, for hundreds of years, always youthful, fed on acorns from a great oak, on wild fruits, on honey. In the Silver Age, which is less written about, the people lived for 100 years as children, without growing up, and then quite suddenly aged and died. The Fabians and the social scientists, writers and teachers saw, in a way earlier generations had not, that children were people, with identities and desires and intelligences. They saw that they were neither dolls, nor toys, nor miniature adults. They saw, many of them, that children needed freedom, needed not only to learn, and be good, but to play and be wild. But they saw this, so many of them, out of a desire of their own for a perpetual childhood, a Silver Age.”
A.S. Byatt, The Children's Book

Pascal Quignard
“Rhynia, haute de cinquante centimètres, doit son nom au lieu de sa découverte dans le
comté de Rhynie, en Écosse, où elle fut engloutie lors d’une éruption volcanique.
Il y a des Pompéi de fleurs.”
Pascal Quignard, Abîmes