Baedeker is astonishingly enduring; travellers can use nineteenth-century editions with confidence, providing they take some elementary precautions. Many hotels will long since have disappeared, and the prices will be somewhat different, but if Baedeker says'On leaving the tunnel, the best view is on the right', it probably still is, unless somebody has shifted the mountain, and his descriptions of sceneryand where to go to see it at its best are still valid, as ispracticallyall of his potted history.(Henry) Bernard Levin: 1985 Hannibal's Footsteps.
Roosevelt will probably go down into American history as a great hero. It is one of our Heavenly Father's characteristic jokes upon the American people, and in the usual bad taste.H(enry) L(ouis) Mencken: 1944 Journal entry. Collected in The Diary of H. L. Mencken (published1990).
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.Bacon, Francis,Viscount St Albans: 1605 The Advancement of Learning, bk.2, ch.2, section1.
Art is History's nostalgia, it prefers a thatched roof to a concrete factory, and the huge church above a bleached village.Derek Alton Walcott: 1990 Omeros, bk.6, ch.45, section 2.
The Crimean War is one of the bad jokes of history.Philip Guedalla: 1943 The Two Marshals.
The white race is the cancer of human history, it is the white race, and it aloneits ideologies and inventionswhich eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.Susan Sontag: 1967 In Partisan Review,Winter.
The remarkable legion of the unremarked, whose individual opinions are not colorful or different enough to make news, but whose collective opinion, when crystallized, can make history.william safire: 1993 Of the so-called'silent majority'. Safire's New Political Dictionary.
We tend to justify our actions and in a sense we color history to achieve that objective.Robert Strange McNamara: Quoted in Robert Siegel (ed) The NPR Interviews (1994).
Man's contribution to human history is nothing more than a drop of sperm.Jiang Qing or Chiang Ch'ing: 1984 In Newsweek, 20 Feb.
The poet is a master of the quotidian, of conveying a whole history in two or three lines that point to an exact past drama and intensifya future one.Sir V(ictor) S(awdon) Pritchett: 1979 The Myth Makers,'Borges'.