Happy is the country which has no history, and happier still is that musical comedyabout which one can find nothing to say.james agate: 1920 In the Sunday Times.
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.
California's power to cloud men's minds must never be Baldwin forgot.Under its spell we submitted foreight yearstothe governance of Ronald Reagan, who had trouble distinguishing history from old movie plots.Russell Wayne Baker: 1995 'Don't Look Back', in the NewYork Times,1 Aug.
Does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that's too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion sandwich it swallowed centuries ago.Julian Patrick Barnes: 1989 A History of the World in101 Chapters,'Parenthesis'.
The only real distinction at this dangerous moment in human historyand cosmic development has nothing to do with medals and ribbons. Not to fall asleep is distinguished. Everything else is mere popcorn.Saul Bellow: 1975 Humboldt's Gift.
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.Malcolm Stanley Bradbury: 1965 Stepping Westward, bk.2, ch.5.
To be nameless in worthy deeds exceeds an infamous history Who would not rather have been the good thief than Pilate?SirThomas Browne: 1658 Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), ch.5.
Men wiser and more learned than I have discerned in historya plot, a rhythm, a predetermined pattern. Those harmonies are concealed from me. I can see only one emergency following upon another, as wave follows upon wave; only one real fact with respect to which, since it is unique, there can be no generalizations.Only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.H(erbert) A(lbert) L(aurens) Fisher: 1936 History of Europe, introduction.
Porque alla los espan oles y las otras nacionescomo tienen historias divinas y humanas, saben por ellas cua ndo empezaron a reinar sus Reyes y los ajenostodo esto y mucho ma s saben por sus libros. Empero vosotros, que carece is de ellos, Que memoria tene is de vuestras antiguallas?, Quie n fue el primero de nuestros Incas? Over there Spaniards and other nations know from their divine and human history when their Kings and other peoples' Kings began their reigns Their books teach them all of this, and much more. But you, who have no books, what memories do you have of your ancient past? Who was our first Inca?1609 Comentarios reales (TheRoyal Commentaries of Peru,1688), bk.1, ch.15.
The Crimean War is one of the bad jokes of history.Philip Guedalla: 1943 The Two Marshals.
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.
We declare: the genius of our days to be: trousers, jackets, shoes, tramways, buses, aeroplanes, railways, magnificent shipswhat an enchantmentwhat a great epoch unrivalled in world history. 4901913 'Rayonnist Manifesto', quoted in C Gray The Russian Experiment in Art (revised edn1986).
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.
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).
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).
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'.
The entirehistoryof scienceisa progressionofexploded fallacies, not of achievements. 678Ayn Rand: 1957 Atlas Shrugged.
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.
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.
Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.A(lan) J(ohn) P(ercivale) Taylor: 1961The Origins of the SecondWorldWar.
Her logic was a combination of half-truths and cliche s, her worldviewa compound of misconceptions deriving from a history of our nation as written from the perspective of a subway tunnel.john kennedy toole: A Confederacy of Dunces (published1980), ch.5, pt.3.
You have played out your role.Go where you belong: to the dustheap of history.Leon originally Lev Davidovich Bronstein Trotsky: 1917 To the Mensheviks, at the first Congress of Soviets following the October Revolution. Quoted in A J P Taylor From the BoerWar to the ColdWar: Essays onTwentieth-Century Europe (1995), p.271.
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.
'I often think,' he continued,'that we can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales!'Evelyn Arthur StJohn Waugh: 1928 Decline and Fall, pt.1, ch.8.
The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde: 1891Intentions,'The Critic as Artist'.