History—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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127 Page Quotation Collection on History
This 127 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on History. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of History, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record; while on the banks, unnoticed people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
—E. L. Doctorow
That men do not learn from history is the most important of all lessons that history has to teach.
The historians collect evidence, usually in the form of records of what happened, but he can never prove that the records are infallible or that he has all the pertinent evidence. Furthermore, he can never divest himself of his own point of view. For these reasons the historian’s conclusions are always tentative, never universally accepted, and are almost certain to be discarded partially or totally by his successors.
--Walter Prescott Webb
Most history is a record of the triumphs, disasters and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who made no nuisance of themselves in the world.
We can see that throughout history the common people have suffered for the follies of great men.
--Jean de La Fontaine
It is always wise, as it is also fair, to test a man by the standards of his own day, and not by those of another.
We must remind ourselves again that history as usually written...is quite different from history as usually lived: the historian records the exceptional because it is interesting—because it is exceptional.
--Will and Ariel Durant
History, as taught in our schools, has been a celebration of the white, male, Protestant Founding Fathers rather than the great mix of people in the American drama....People who are in subordinated groups want history simply to do for them what history has already done for white males.
--Mary Frances Berry
It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
If there is anything that is important to America, it is that you are not a prisoner of the past.
History gives us the facts, sort of, but from literary works we can learn what the past smelled like, sounded like, and felt like, the forgotten gritty details of a lost era. Literature brings us as close as we can come to reinhabiting the past. By reclaiming this use of literature in the classroom, perhaps we can move away from the political agitation that has been our bread and butter—or porridge and hardtack—for the last 30 years.
Great novelists are the true historians of the times in which they live. Stop and think about it for a minute and I’m sure you’ll find that you didn’t get your impressions of what life was like here and abroad in the last 300 years from the history books—but from the novels of such literary titans as Hardy, Dostoevsky, Dickens, Sinclair Lewis, Jane Austen, and Tolstoy. Writers like these had a kind of extrasensory perception which enabled them to see beneath the surface of the age—and, of course, the genius to bring people and events to life in stories that enthralled readers of their own time as well as later generations.
There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.
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