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History Literature quotes by Tom Stoppard
#1. An artist is the magician put among men to gratify
their urge for immortality. The temples are built and brought down around him, continuously and contiguously, from Troy to the fields of Flanders. If there is any meaning in any of it, it is in what survives as art, yes even in the celebration of tyrants, yes even in the celebration of nonentities. What now of the Trojan War if it had been passed over by the artist's touch? Dust. A forgotten expedition prompted by Greek merchants looking for new markets. A minor redistribution of broken pots. But it is we who stand enriched, by a tale of heroes, of a golden apple, a wooden horse, a face that launched a thousand ships
and above all, of Ulysses, the wanderer, the most human, the most complete of all heroes
husband, father, son, lover, farmer, soldier, pacifist, politician, inventor and adventurer ... #Quote by Tom Stoppard
History Literature quotes by Thomas Hardy
#2. The best fiction is truer than history #Quote by Thomas Hardy
History Literature quotes by Dan Simmons
#3. In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes. #Quote by Dan Simmons
History Literature quotes by George Lucas
#4. But having a really good understanding of history, literature, psychology, sciences - is very, very important to actually being able to make movies. #Quote by George Lucas
History Literature quotes by Siri Hustvedt
#5. The history of fiction is about family - an inexhaustible subject for literature. We are creatures driven by emotions that are on high display in intimate relations - inside the family. #Quote by Siri Hustvedt
History Literature quotes by Janet Fitch
#6. As an undergraduate, I had not studied literature - I was a history major. #Quote by Janet Fitch
History Literature quotes by Jim Harrison
#7. He did recall that the summer after graduating from college before he joined the state police he had read Shakespeare. It was the pure language that stupefied him. He would be in a diner reading A Midsummer Night's Dream and his acquaintances were confident he was studying for some test. The test turned out to be the nature of his mind. Shakespeare seemed even truer than history. Literature was against the abyss while history wallowed in it. #Quote by Jim Harrison
History Literature quotes by Miranda Wilcox
#8. During the second half of the twentieth century, cross-fertilization among the disciplines of history, literature, sociology, and psychology led to scholarly awareness that historical accounts are not direct representations of actual events; they are, instead, interpretations of the meaning of events and are thus impacted by authorial bias, cultural assumptions, and linguistic frameworks. Historical accounts are conveyed through structures of stories, or in other words through the medium of narrative. This conceptual shift calls into question the assumption that histories recount factual descriptions of real events while stories narrate the literary artifice of imagine events. #Quote by Miranda Wilcox
History Literature quotes by C.V. Wedgwood
#9. Good writing is almost the concomitant of good history. Literature and history were joined long since by the powers which shaped the human brain; we cannot put them asunder. #Quote by C.V. Wedgwood
History Literature quotes by Andrew Bird
#10. My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest. #Quote by Andrew Bird
History Literature quotes by Abdourahman A. Waberi
#11. In your opinion, where do private and political life, personal history and History meet? You know the answer, Maya. You say it unhesitatingly - in art and literature. #Quote by Abdourahman A. Waberi
History Literature quotes by Friedrich Schiller
#12. The history of the world is the world's court of justice. #Quote by Friedrich Schiller
History Literature quotes by Robert Aris Willmott
#13. To study history is to study literature. #Quote by Robert Aris Willmott
History Literature quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#14. The ones who were actually making an effort to follow the general course of events, and trying to get involved through self-sacrifice and heroic conduct, were the least useful members of society; they looked at things the wrong way round, and everything they did, with the best of intentions, turned out to be useless and absurd, like the regiments provided by Pierre and Mamonov that went off to loot Russian villages, like the lint scraped by the ladies that never got through to the wounded, and so on. Even people who just liked to think things through and talk them over couldn't discuss the current situation of Russia without unconsciously lapsing into hypocrisy, falsehood or useless victimization and animosity levelled against individuals they were eager to blame for things that weren't anybody's fault.

Historical events illustrate more clearly than anything the injunction against eating of the Tree of Knowledge. The only activity that bears any fruit is subconscious activity, and no one who takes part in any historical drama can ever understand its significance. If he so much as tries to understand it, his efforts are fruitless. #Quote by Leo Tolstoy
History Literature quotes by Henry James
#15. It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. #Quote by Henry James
History Literature quotes by Kevin J. Anderson
#16. I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the time when the big Cold War was going on. #Quote by Kevin J. Anderson
History Literature quotes by Stacy Schiff
#17. By the time Florence Nightingale got her neurotic hands on Cleopatra, she had been mangled beyond recognition by both history and literature. #Quote by Stacy Schiff
History Literature quotes by Tom Clements
#18. Most people in America, if not the world, would agree that every advance involves some sacrifice. In fact, a common sports adage proclaims: "No pain, no gain." In other words, progress is always accompanied by a certain amount of loss. This concept is illustrated throughout history, literature and personal experience. One compelling illustration that some bad always accompanies some good is demonstrated in the Civil Rights movement. In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Although she was arrested and jailed, her brave efforts inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott which #Quote by Tom Clements
History Literature quotes by Ovid
#19. When he, whoever of the gods it was, had thus arranged in order and resolved that chaotic mass, and reduced it, thus resolved, to cosmic parts, he first moulded the Earth into the form of a mighty ball so that it might be of like form on every side ... And, that no region might be without its own forms of animate life, the stars and divine forms occupied the floor of heaven, the sea fell to the shining fishes for their home, Earth received the beasts, and the mobile air the birds ... Then Man was born: ... though all other animals are prone, and fix their gaze upon the earth, he gave to Man an uplifted face and bade him stand erect and turn his eyes to heaven. #Quote by Ovid
History Literature quotes by Sarah Moss
#20. Fiction is the enemy of history. Fiction makes us believe in structure, in beginnings and middles and endings, in tragedy and comedy. There is neither tragedy nor comedy in war, only disorder and harm. #Quote by Sarah Moss
History Literature quotes by Benjamin Disraeli
#21. Sir, I shall not defeat you - I shall transcend you. #Quote by Benjamin Disraeli
History Literature quotes by Dejan Stojanovic
#22. Serious affairs and history are carefully laid snares for the uninformed. #Quote by Dejan Stojanovic
History Literature quotes by Rachel Carson
#23. The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history ... It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science. #Quote by Rachel Carson
History Literature quotes by Clifford Geertz
#24. Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance. #Quote by Clifford Geertz
History Literature quotes by Scott Herring
#25. The past is not another country; it is another life. The texture of daily living is different now than in the past, more different the further back we look, until we find people whose experiences created a psychology we might find baffling or rude. Many details that once made up the daily round are lost to us because people considered them too trivial to write down. Knowing the past means knowing what people carried in their pockets, what they did with their sewage, where their dogs slept. Those details may seem unimportant, but what they convey is not. #Quote by Scott Herring
History Literature quotes by Hermann Hesse
#26. Among the many worlds which man did not receive as a gift of nature, but which he created with his own mind, the world of books is the greatest. Every child, scrawling his first letters on his slate and attempting to read for the first time, in so doing, enters an artificial and complicated world; to know the laws and rules of this world completely and to practice them perfectly, no single human life is long enough. Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space in a single house or single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books. #Quote by Hermann Hesse
History Literature quotes by Douglas M Laurent
#27. linear brains can't curve a thought. #Quote by Douglas M Laurent
History Literature quotes by Steven Heighton
#28. The idiot willingness to choose sides is what feeds the abattoir of history. #Quote by Steven Heighton
History Literature quotes by Mary Shelley
#29. Plutarch taught me high thoughts; he elevated me above the wretched sphere of my own reflections, to admire and love the heroes of past ages. Many things I read surpassed my understanding and experience. I had a very confused knowledge of kingdoms, wide extents of country, mighty rivers, and boundless seas. This book developed new and mightier scenes of action. I read of men concerned in public affairs, governing or massacring their species. I felt the greatest ardour for virtue rise within me, and abhorrence for vice. #Quote by Mary Shelley
History Literature quotes by Nathaniel Philbrick
#30. As a former English major, I have always been fascinated by the connections between literature and history. #Quote by Nathaniel Philbrick
History Literature quotes by Greg Egan
#31. And after the briefest flowering of understanding, my own generation had grown complacent. At some level, we must have started taking it for granted that the way the universe worked was now obvious to any child ... even though it went against everything innate to the species: the wild, undisciplined love of patterns, the craving to extract meaning and comfort from everything in sight.
We thought we were passing on everything that mattered to our children: science, history, literature,
art. Vast libraries of information lay at their fingertips. But we hadn't fought hard enough to pass on
the hardest-won truth of all: Morality comes only from within. Meaning comes only from within. Outside our own skulls, the universe is indifferent. #Quote by Greg Egan
History Literature quotes by Susanna Phillips
#32. It was at Juilliard that I realized that being a singer encompasses so many things that I am interested in. Literature, languages, physics, history, art. You really get to explore so many things. #Quote by Susanna Phillips
History Literature quotes by David O. McKay
#33. True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character. #Quote by David O. McKay
History Literature quotes by Chris Hedges
#34. The elite, and those who work for them, were never taught how to question the assumptions of their age. The socially important knowledge and cultural ideas embodied in history, literature, philosophy, and religion, which are at their core subversive and threatening to authority, have been banished from public discourse. #Quote by Chris Hedges
History Literature quotes by Victor Hugo
#35. For many great deeds are accomplished in times of squalid struggle. There is a kind of stubborn, unrecognized courage which in the lowest depths tenaciously resists the pressures of necessity and ill-doing; there are noble and obscure triumphs observed by no one, unacclaimed by any fanfare. Hardship, loneliness, and penury are a battlefield which has its own heroes, sometimes greater than those lauded in history. Strong and rare characters are thus created; poverty nearly always a foster-mother, may become a true mother, distress may be the nursemaid of pride, and misfortune the milk that nourishes great spirits. #Quote by Victor Hugo
History Literature quotes by Kristen Ashley
#36. Literature is art and art is about passion. It's about drive. It's about beauty. How can you slide through a semester of that and not be moved by it? #Quote by Kristen Ashley
History Literature quotes by Carl Sandburg
#37. History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it. #Quote by Carl Sandburg
History Literature quotes by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
#38. Yes, guilty.' It is better to let ten who are guilty go, than to punish one who is innocent - do you hear, do you hear this majestic voice from the last century of our glorious history? #Quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
History Literature quotes by Thomas Berry
#39. Even as regards Earth we are more committed to history than to geography, more committed to time than to space. History is endless. Place is limited. #Quote by Thomas Berry
History Literature quotes by Gilbert Highet
#40. Shakespeare's bitter play [Troilus and Cressida] is therefore a dramatization of a part of a translation into English of the French translation of a Latin imitation of an old French expansion of a Latin epitome of a Greek romance. (p. 55) #Quote by Gilbert Highet
History Literature quotes by Charles Alexander Eastman
#41. Gradually it became known that the new race had a definite purpose, and that purpose was to chart and possess the whole country, regardless of the rights of its earlier inhabitants. Still the old chiefs cautioned their people to be patient, for, said they, the land is vast, both races can live on it, each in their own way. Let us therefore befriend them and trust their friendship. While they reasoned thus, the temptations of graft and self-aggrandizement overtook some of the leaders. #Quote by Charles Alexander Eastman
History Literature quotes by Asif Ali Zardari
#42. If you will remember history correctly, even the Second World War was perpetrated by a stateless actor, by murdering the Prince Rudolf, if you remember. And so is the case with 9/11. It was a stateless actor which has made the world go to war. #Quote by Asif Ali Zardari
History Literature quotes by Marina Tsvetaeva
#43. There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book? #Quote by Marina Tsvetaeva
History Literature quotes by Sarah Bower
#44. One night when the moon was full, I explained to you about how the moon controls the tides, and you said I was like the moon and you were the sea, always following me about. And I said nothing, because I knew it was truly the other way around. #Quote by Sarah Bower
History Literature quotes by Alexander Theroux
#45. Will I have to use a dictionary to read your book?" asked Mrs. Dodypol. "It depends," says I, "how much you used the dictionary before you read it. #Quote by Alexander Theroux
History Literature quotes by Elbert Hubbard
#46. A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run. #Quote by Elbert Hubbard
History Literature quotes by Jeremy McCarter
#47. ...American history can be told and retold, claimed and reclaimed, even by people who don't look like George Washington and Betsy Ross. #Quote by Jeremy McCarter
History Literature quotes by Bruce D. Porter
#48. Throughout the history of the United States , war has been the primary impetus behind the growth and development of the central state. It has been the lever by which presidents and other national officials have bolstered the power of the state in the face of tenacious popular resistance. #Quote by Bruce D. Porter
History Literature quotes by Virchand Gandhi
#49. Christian missions to India imply that India is a land of heathens, and, therefore, stands on the same level with the Andaman or the Fiji Islands. That a country which has been recognised in all ages the world over as the mother of all religions and the cradle of civilisation should be considered as pagan, shows how much ignorance prevails in Christendom.

Since the Parliament of Religions, I have been studying Christian institutions, and I have also studied the way in which the Christian ministers and the missionaries are manufactured in this country, and have learned to pity them. We must not blame them too severely, because their education is too narrow to make them broad-minded. I grant that they are good-hearted, that they are good husbands and often fathers of large families, but generally they are very ignorant, especially of the history of civilisation and of the philosophy of religion of India. Most of them do not even know the history of ancient India.

We know that in this age of competition, centralisation, and monopoly, very many people are forced out of business. The English say, 'The fool of the family goes into the Church'; so that when a youth is unable to make a living, he takes to missionary work, goes to India, and helps to introduce among the Hindus the doctrines of his church, which have long since been exploded by science. #Quote by Virchand Gandhi
History Literature quotes by Alicia Keys
#50. So we come together before you on this day, March 30th, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history. For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform. #Quote by Alicia Keys
History Literature quotes by Cara Buono
#51. As an actress, you have to give your character a life, a history, and make it full and rich for yourself. #Quote by Cara Buono
History Literature quotes by Honore De Balzac
#52. There is neither vice nor virtue, there are only circumstances. #Quote by Honore De Balzac
History Literature quotes by Henning Mankell
#53. History can never give us exact knowledge of what will happen in the future: rather, it shows us that our ability to prepare ourselves for change is limited. #Quote by Henning Mankell
History Literature quotes by Norman Mailer
#54. Since I believe that I have been a devil for many centuries and have risen in rank and been demoted, it could be asked why, with such a history, I still learned a good deal while in Russia. It is because a newly gained sophistication fades once a venture comes to an end. So we develop many new qualities of mind, but soon lose them. #Quote by Norman Mailer
History Literature quotes by John D. Zizioulas
#55. The truth of history lies simultaneously in the substratum of created existence (since all beings are the willed realizations of God's love); in the fulfillment of the future of history (since God's love, in His will and its expressions - namely, created existence - is identifiable with the final communion of creation with the life of God); and in the incarnate Christ (since on God's part the personification of this loving will is the incarnate Christ). Whereby Christ becomes the "principle" and "end" of all things, the One who not only moves history from within its own unfolding but who also moves existence even from within the multiplicity of created things, toward the true being which is true life and true communion. #Quote by John D. Zizioulas
History Literature quotes by David Brion Davis
#56. A final word should be said concerning the status of free blacks. Before the American Revolution this status had been ambiguous, and the number of free blacks was insignificant. < ... > A rash of new laws, similar to the later Black Codes of Reconstruction, reduced free blacks almost to the status of slaves without masters. The new laws regulated their freedom of movement, forbade them to associate with slaves, subjected them to surveillance and discipline by whites, denied them the legal right to testify in court against whites, required them to work at approved jobs, and threatened them with penal labor if not actual reenslavement. #Quote by David Brion Davis
History Literature quotes by Leon Wieseltier
#57. [T]he strongest defense of the humanities lies not in the appeal to their utility - that literature majors may find good jobs, that theaters may economically revitalize neighborhoods - but rather in the appeal to their defiantly nonutilitarian character, so that individuals can know more than how things work, and develop their powers of discernment and judgment, their competence in matters of truth and goodness and beauty, to equip themselves adequately for the choices and the crucibles of private and public life. #Quote by Leon Wieseltier
History Literature quotes by Doris Kearns Goodwin
#58. We have the right to demand that if we find men against whom there is not only suspicion, but almost a certainty that they have had collusion with men whose interests were in conflict with the interests of the public, they shall, at least, be required to bring positive facts with which to prove there has not been such collusion; and they ought themselves to have been the first to demand such an investigation." -Teddy Roosevelt #Quote by Doris Kearns Goodwin
History Literature quotes by Lord Dunsany
#59. They were like some popular cry, some vehement fancy, that comes down on a page of history for a day, and passes, leaving no other record at all except those lines on one page. And #Quote by Lord Dunsany
History Literature quotes by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#60. All I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth. #Quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder
History Literature quotes by Nikki Giovanni
#61. Storytelling is how history is passed. It's what our ancestors did, it's what everybody's done. It has to come back into a story because otherwise, it's stuck in this book and it's boring and it's academic and I'm not against intelligence and I'm not against education, I don't want to be misunderstood, but we have tell the stories to our young people a little bit early and history gives us a lot of things. #Quote by Nikki Giovanni
History Literature quotes by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
#62. What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. #Quote by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
History Literature quotes by Sarah Arthur
#63. All fairy tales, Tolkien argued, echo the gospel of Jesus Christ in some way because the gospel is the True Story; it's the real fairy tale that crashed into the time line of history... 'The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact,' Lewis wrote #Quote by Sarah Arthur
History Literature quotes by Nora Guthrie
#64. You wanna start a fire I've got the coal, that's what history is to me. And it attracts the right person to do something with it to create the next fire. And fires are fuel and food and energy and life. #Quote by Nora Guthrie
History Literature quotes by A.J. Muste
#65. No Big Power in all history ever thought of itself as an aggressor. That is still true today. #Quote by A.J. Muste
History Literature quotes by Lailah Gifty Akita
#66. History is the hallmark of humanity. #Quote by Lailah Gifty Akita
History Literature quotes by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
#67. The recently ended twentieth century was characterized by a level of human rights violations unparalleled in all of human history. In his book Death by Government, Rudolph Rummel estimates some 170 million government-caused deaths in the twentieth century. The historical evidence appears to indicate that, rather than protecting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of their citizens, governments must be considered the greatest threat to human security. #Quote by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
History Literature quotes by Jenny Colgan
#68. Turkish Delight
Turkish delight has had a bad reputation since that man C.S.Lewis - a positive genius in other ways - linked it for ever with one of the most terrifying creations in literature, the White Witch of Narnia, and that naughty, sticky, traitorous Edmund. But with the sensuous pleasure imbued in its melting, gelatinous texture, and, when made in the proper way, delicately perfumed with rose petals, flavoured with oils and dusted with sugar, it reclaims its power as a sweet as seductive as Arabian nights. The fact that it now carries with it a whiff of danger merely adds to its pleasure. It is not, truly, a sweet for children. They simply complain, and get the almonds stuck up their noses, #Quote by Jenny Colgan
History Literature quotes by Karl Marx
#69. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes. #Quote by Karl Marx
History Literature quotes by Matthew Stewart
#70. Tyranny happens when a society turns against itself, with one part usurping the power of [the] whole and applying it to the exploitation of the rest. Corruption, or misdirection of public effort for private gain, is one common feature of tyranny.... Government through fear is another common feature of tyranny, since it it through fear that one part of society can induce the other to betray its own interests. #Quote by Matthew Stewart

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