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The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact.
John Henrik Clarke
'Wolf Hall' attempts to duplicate not the historian's chronology but the way memory works: in leaps, loops, flashes.
No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician.
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
E. L. Doctorow
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
H. L. Mencken
As an economic historian, I appreciate what manufacturing has contributed to the United States. It was the engine of growth that allowed us to win two world wars and provided millions of families with a ticket to the middle class. But public policy needs to go beyond sentiment and history.
It is useful to the historian, among others, to be able to see the commonest forms of different phenomena, whether phonetic, morphological or other, and how language lives, carries on and changes over time.
Ferdinand de Saussure
The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them.
The real point of me isn't that I'm good looking. It's that I'm clever. I've got a brain! I would rather be called a highly intelligent historian than a gorgeous pouting one.
I'm a historian, and that freaks me out.
Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.
John Lewis Gaddis is not only the favorite historian of the Reagan administration, but he's regarded as the dean of Cold War scholarship, the leading figure in the American Cold War scholarship, a professor at Yale.
Every historian discloses a new horizon.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
I'm a historian in my own mind.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
I can find my way from 500 A.D. through to 1066 pretty well as an amateur historian.
All historians generalize from particulars. And often, if you look at a historian's footnotes, the number of examples of specific cases is very, very small.
Henry Louis Gates
The greatest of all the Sioux in my time, or in any time for that matter, was that wonderful old fighting man, Sitting Bull, whose life will some day be written by a historian who can really give him his due.
I think it's outrageous if a historian has a 'leading thought' because it means they will select their material according to their thesis.
What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities, because you have people who don't want to study the social sciences, because it's not profitable, and now Newt, as the highest-paid historian in American history, may be an encouragement to people to study history.
The duty of a historian is simply to understand and then convey that understanding, no more than that.
A couple years ago, the novelist Russell Banks told me he was reading the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. I asked why. He said, 'Because I've always wanted to and am tired of having my reading assigned.' I thought it was a marvelous declaration of independence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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