Quotation of the Week 32

“In examinations those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.” Walter Raleigh, Laughter from a Cloud, ‘Some thoughts on examinations’, 1923. »

Quotation of the Week 30

“The state of resentful coma that… dons dignify by the name of research.” Harold Laski, letter to Oliver Wendell Holmes, 10 October 1922 »

Quotation of the Week 12

“History started badly and has been getting steadily worse.” (Goeffrey Williams and Ronald Searle, Down with Skool!, 1953) »

Quotation of the Week 10

“People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.” (G.K. Chesterton, in J.A. Gere and John Sparow (eds.), Goeffrey Madan’s Notebooks, 1981) »

Quotation of the Week 9

“History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember” (W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That, 1930) »

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) »