The best Quotations


The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
- Peter Conrad

Sir joshua would have been glad to take her portrait; and he would have had an easier task than the historian at least in this, that he would not have had to represent the truth of change - only to give stability to one beautiful moment.
- George Eliot

We rail at trade, but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled america, and destroyed feudalism, and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
- Edward M. Forster

The historian looks backward. in the end he also believes backward.
- Fredrich

The historian, essentially, wants more documents than he can really use; the dramatist only wants more liberties than he can really take.
- Henry James

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

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.
- Antoine Rivarol

Nations! what are nations? tartars! and huns! and chinamen! like insects they swarm. the historian strives in vain to make them memorable. it is for want of a man that there are so many men. it is individuals that populate the world.
- Henry David Thoreau


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Quotation Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives. - writer
Quotation He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that. - writer
Quotation The cruelest lies are often told in silence. - writer
Quotation Human Dignity has gleamed only now and then and here and there, in lonely splendor, throughout the ages, a hope of the better men, never an achievement of the majority. - writer
Quotation Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed. - writer
Quotation There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide. - writer