In this post, you will find great Historian Quotes from famous people, such as Ian Hacking, Mike Tyson, Alexander Chee, Herodotus, Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
I am a historian. I do a lot of research, and I try to get it right.
In my work as a historian and in my relationships as a friend, teacher, wife, and mother, I have come to think that the most useful way to understand the past and make it work for you is to look at the trade-offs and contradictions that, however deeply buried, can be uncovered in every memory, good or bad.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
I am no historian, but Hungary is a country which has never known democracy – and by that, I mean not a democratic political system, but an organic process which has mobilised the entire country’s society. In the case of Hungary, this development was blocked by the growth of the Ottoman empire in the 16th century.
As a historian, I always think you know what a moment was 20 years later.
I once interviewed David Herbert Donald, the Lincoln historian, and we talked about how one deals with the secondary sources and the previous biographies. He said something which kept coming back to me as I worked on Cleopatra, which was: ‘There’s no further new material; there are only new questions.’
As a historian, I’m sceptical about conspiracy theories because the world is far too complicated to be managed by a few billionaires drinking scotch behind some closed doors. But I do think that the voters are correct in sensing that they’re really losing power. And in reaction, they give the system an angry kick.
It is the job of the historian to say what is likely, and of faith to say what is possible.