History

Historiography

André Gide, born in Paris (1869), said: “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

Einstein: “I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.” quoted inMy Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., p. 338

“…good historiography…a sense of vicarious participation in a great happening….” Joshua Prager, The Echoing Green, p. 355

“History isn’t really about the past – settling old scores.  It’s about defining the present and who we are.”  Ken Burns, Time, Nov. 15, 1993, p. 92.

“Previously, men studied the past to shed light on the present.  I have turned the time-mirror around, convinced that a coherent image of the future can also shower us with valuable insights into today.”  Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970

“The weight of this sad time we must obey/Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.”  Duke of Albany, King Lear

“Harry Truman once said the only new thing in the world is the history you don’t know.”  David McCullough, Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 3, 2005, p. E1

“Men don’t change.  The only new thing in the world is the history you don’t know.”  President Harry F. Truman (1884-1972)

“History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened.”  Ernest Albert Hooten, American anthropologist (1887-1954)

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley, English author (1894-1963)

“History is an accumulation of error.”  Norman Cousins, American editor (1912-1990)

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”  Anais Nin, US (French-born) author & diarist (1903-1977)

Robert Wilkin – study the past for uses in the present

Barbara Tuchman – study of the past cannot predict the future, but it can throw beacon lights on our way and is a useful nostrum against despair

Lord Bolingbroke:  history is philosophy taught with examples.

Daniel Boorstin:  trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.

David McCullough:  …nothing ever had to happen the way it happened.  …Nothing happens in a vacuum.  Actions have consequences.

Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs and Steel:  We tend to seek easy, single-factor explanations of success.  For most important things, though, success actually requires avoiding many separate causes of failure.

Galadriel, movie, The Lord of the Rings:  “…some things have been lost that never should have been forgotten….”

An African proverb given to me by a friend @SBTS:  “Until lions have their own historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.”

“Not only to the victor belongs the spoils but also the history.”  Jaroslav Pelikan

“But recognizing the role of human subjectivity need not sire interpretational nihilism.  Rather, the phantom of objective knowledge must be rigorously exorcised to neutralize the most glaring subjectivities of a given era.”  Charles Robert Philllips, III, “Magic & Politics in the Fourth Century,” p. 67

“Finished products are for decadent minds.”  Channis of the First Foundation in Isaac Asimov’sSecond Foundation

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