Quotation of the Week

Quotation of the Week 11

“It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.” (Felix Frankfurter, dissenting opinion in United States v. Rabinowitz, 1950) »

Quotation of the Week 8

“Histories have previously been written with the object of exalting their authors. The object of this History is to console the reader. No other history does this.” (W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That, 1930) »

Quotation of the Week 7

“History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.” Philip Guedalla, Supers and Supermen, 1920. »

Quotation of the Week 6

History… is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. (Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) »

Quotation of the Week 5

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe” (H.G. Wells, Outline of History, 1920) »

Quotation of the Week 4

SWINDON: What will History say? BURGOYNE: History, sir, will tell lies as usual (George Bernard Shaw, The Devil’s Disciple, 1901) »

Quotation of the Week 3

‘To give an accurate and exhaustive account of the period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine’ Max Beerbohm (Yellow Book 1895) »

Quotation of the Week 2

The one duty we own to history is to rewrite it. (Oscar Wilde. Intentions 1891 ‘The critic as an artist’) »

Quotation of the week 1

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. (Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1814. Definition of history; The Cynics Word Book. 1906) »

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