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Historical Events Quotes


"Historical fiction is not history. You're blending real events and actual historical personages with characters of your own creation." - George R R Martin

"We are no longer dealing with historical events, but with places of collapse." - Jean Baudrillard

"In non-fiction you have to stay true to historical events, be they personal or national ." - Andrew Lam

"We have gotten away from this double aspect of either putting the character back into historical events or of making a historical event of his very life." - Raymond Queneau

"Consult duty not events." - Walter Savage Landor

"I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject." - Ibrahim Babangida

"This is an important point about symbols: they do not refer to historical events; they refer through historical events to spiritual or psychological principles and powers that are of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and that are everywhere." - Joseph Campbell

"The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events." - Arthur Erickson

"Each generation of adolescents has at least two historical events that color its responses to whatever happens next." - Mary Doria Russell

"History is opaque. You see what comes out, not the script that produces events, The generator of historical events is different from the events themselves, much as the minds of the gods cannot be read just by witnessing their deeds." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"History is opaque. You see what comes out, not the script that produces events, [...] The generator of historical events is different from the events themselves, much as the minds of the gods cannot be read just by witnessing their deeds." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events." - Frank Herbert

"Pictures can and do make a difference. Strong images of historical events do have an impact on society. They can help with change." - Charles Moore

"Historical investigation has for its aim to fix the order and character of events throughout past time and in all places. The task is frankly superhuman." - George Santayana

"Historical investigation has for its aim to fix the order and character of events throughout past time and in all places. The task is frankly superhuman." - George Santayana

"After I am dead I would like people to say: 'Beuys understood the historical situation. He altered the course of events'. I hope in the right direction." - Joseph Beuys

"Things are only mannequins and even the great world-historical events are only costumes beneath which they exchange glances with nothingness" - Walter Benjamin

"I like to create imaginary characters and events around a real historical situation. I want readers to feel: OK, this probably didn't happen, but it might have." - Ken Follett

"A notion for a story is for me a confluence of real events, historical perhaps, or from my own memory to create an exciting fusion." - Michael Morpurgo

"As an historical novelist - there are few jobs more retrospective." - Sara Sheridan

"Your responses to the events of life are more important than the events themselves." - Virginia Satir

"Events in a single human lifetime are remarkable. Events from all human lifetimes are inconceivable." - Bill Loguidice

"You can plan events, but if they go according to your plan they are not events." - John Berger

"The alienation effect in German epic theater is achieved not only through the actors, but also through music (chorus and song) andsets (transparencies, film strips, etc.). Its main purpose is to place the staged events in their historical context." - Bertolt Brecht

"Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more." - Louis L'Amour

"Even in times of war, you can see current events in their historical perspective, provided that your passion for the truth prevails over your bias in favor of your own nation." - Leo Szilard

"When the venture has been made of dealing with historical events and characters, it always seems fair towards the reader to avow what liberties have been taken, and how much of the sketch is founded on history." - Charlotte Mary Yonge

"Blending consensus historical events and personages with imaginary occult forces is a strong recipe for counterfactual storytelling goodness that combines the best of two worlds: resonant history with wild-eyed fantasy." - Paul Di Filippo

"Conflicts are never caused in any simple way by identity, culture or economics. Where resources are scarce, or there are strong historical memories of conflict, small events are more likely to inflame passions." - Geoff Mulgan

"If the September 11 terror attack is supposed to constitute a caesura in world history, it must be able to stand comparison to other events of world historical impact." - Jurgen Habermas

"There are dozens of writings outside of the Bible that verify the historical accuracy of many of the names of people, places, and events mentioned in the Bible. In fact, external sources verify that at least eighty persons mentioned in the Bible were actual historical figures. Fifty people from the Old Testament, and thirty people from the New Testament." - Charlie Campbell

"In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity." - Leo Tolstoy

"In historic events the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connexion with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary, and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity." - Leo Tolstoy

"Much more than an entertaining set of exaggerated facts, fiction is a metaphoric method of describing, dramatizing and condensing historical events, personal actions, psychological states and the symbolic knowledge encoded within the collective unconscious; things, events and conditions that are otherwise too diffuse and/or complex to be completely digested or appreciated by the prevailing culture." - Tom Robbins

"When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves." - Henry Ford

"The events which can not be prevented, must be directed." - Klemens von Metternich

"Forgive and call back the energy wasted on past events." - Caroline Myss

"On the human imagination events produce the effects of time." - James F Cooper

"Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances." - Livy

"Events do not just happen, but arrive by appointment." - Epictetus

"Writing means being a fascinated slave to current events." - Allan Gurganus

"Events are less important than our responses to them." - John Hersey

"Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events." - Albert Einstein

"The world is filled with great sporting events." - Alex Berenson

"Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred." - Mason Cooley

"The Wire' is very realistic and based on real events." - Michael K Williams

"It no longer matters who consider themselves the masters of events. Events no longer obey their masters." - Dan Simmons

"One of the delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely no historical memory." - Zhou Enlai

"All typefaces are historical." - Jonathan Hoefler

"All societies are historical." - Raymond Queneau

"The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for philosophical rectitude cannot, however, be compromised." - Herbert Read

"With a historical novel you know that liberties are being taken. Since Walter Scott, we know that poetic license, dramatic license, that events been conflated and that liberties have been taken, characters ditto, dates rearranged. But people don't seem to understand that movies are fictions, they are dramatizations, at least historical movies, and we should accord the moviemakers some of the same understanding and latitude. When you go to a movie you know it's a dramatization and not history." - Nicholas Meyer

"I fell even more deeply in love with Tolkiens legendarium after studying Old English literature at uni, as I got a sense of the historical events and cultures that Tolkien used to create his world. My favourite of his imaginary locations is Lothlorien." - Samantha Shannon

"My remembrance of the past is a novel I am constantly recomposing; and it would not be a historical novel, but sheer fiction, if the material events which mark and ballast my career had not their public dates and characters scientifically discoverable." - George Santayana

"In those fifty, the Old Man made me take religion seriously. I'd never been religious, but he told us that religion is important whether or not we believed in one, the same way that historical events are important whether or not you personally lived through them." - John Green

"Killing Lincoln is a must-read historical thriller. Bill O'Reilly recounts the dramatic events of the spring of 1865 with such exhilarating immediacy that you will feel like you are walking the streets of Washington DC on the night that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. This is a hugely entertaining, heart-stopping read." - Vince Flynn

"The true historical genius, to our thinking, is that which can see the nobler meaning of events that are near him, as the true poet is he who detects the divine in the casual; and we somewhat suspect the depth of his insight into the past who cannot recognize the godlike of to-day under that disguise in which it always visits us." - James Russell Lowell

". . . What role does historiography play in the way a society and culture "remembers" past events? Does the historian have a moral or civic responsibility to this project of memory that ought to influence the way he or she engages in historical practice? Should moral concerns influence the historian's choice of subject matter, of issues to discuss, of evidence to use?" - Michael L Morgan

"I'm much more conscious of historical events since the '60s. In the '60s, I was insulated by my own addictions, my own lifestyle, from what was going on in the world. After I recovered I was amazed at certain people who had died. I hadn't noticed that they had gone. Not friends ... I'm talking about public figures who had passed away." - Tennessee Williams

"The greatest historical events in the twentieth century - in fact, in all of human history - have been the overthrow of capitalism and establishment of societies run by and for the working class in the two great communist revolutions in Russia and China." - Grover Furr

"If you think about how broadcast mini-series approach historical events, there is a hagiography. There has been a soft, very glossy idea about history. And one of the things I like about Game of Thrones, for example, is just the grit and the authenticity." - John Landgraf

"Art may not have the power to change the course of history, but it can provide a perspective on historical events that needs to be heard, even if it's seldom heeded. After all the temporary influences that once directed the course of history have vanished, great art survives and continues to speak to each generation." - Dave Brubeck

"It seemed to me, in some way, especially when you're looking back at distant historical events, the "Truth" with a capital "T" is kind of the juxtaposition of all the many, many, many truths that seem true to people at the time." - George Saunders

"I fell even more deeply in love with Tolkien's legendarium after studying Old English literature at uni, as I got a sense of the historical events and cultures that Tolkien used to create his world. My favourite of his imaginary locations is Lothlorien." - Samantha Shannon

"I think students should know something about religion as a historical phenomenon, in the same way that they should know something about socialism and humanism and the other great ideas that have shaped political philosophies and therefore the course of human events." - Steven Pinker

"Most romances aren't swept aside by big historical events. Most romances in the history of the world fall apart because of other, smaller happenings. History can sometimes be in the background, the thing which instead of rupturing your life merely irritates you by pressing itself now and then into the foreground." - Ned Beauman

"By the way, Howard Zinn's History of America is front and center at the gift shop of the New York Historical Society. The New York Historical Society is deluged with school kids on a daily basis." - Rush Limbaugh

"Events become feelings, feelings become events" - Jerry Spinelli

"You may not be able to change the events of your history, but you can change the story you've attached to those events." - Amy Chan

"...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us." - Rabih Alameddine

"You accept the historical Jesus?" - Albert Einstein

"Judaism is an historical religion." - Moses Hess

"Most architects work in studios largely divorced from academia, as if ideas, criticism and historical research were irrelevant." - David Chipperfield

"It's very important to always put things in their historical contexts. It teaches important lessons about the country in question." - Warren Christopher

"I just love historical fiction." - Jennifer Donnelly

"I like writing historical fiction." - Philippa Gregory

"Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history." - Samuel Eliot Morison

"I like mythology - anything historical." - Cassie Steele

"In my life's chain of events nothing was accidental. Everything happened according to an inner need." - Hannah Szenes

"The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"When you reach the point of becoming independent of external events, you're truly free." - Steve Pavlina

"To the creative individual all experience is seminal-all events are equidistant from new ideasand insights." - Eric Hoffer

"In the great inconstancy and crowd of events, nothing is certain except the past." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"He whom fortune has never deceived, rarely considers the uncertainty of human events." - Livy

"But dreams full oft are found of real events The form and shadows." - Joanna Baillie

"Happiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events." - Dalai Lama

"Places remember events." - James Joyce

"Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events." - Benjamin Franklin

"The tarot card 'The Tower' seemed a chilling reflection of the events of September 11, 2001." - Neil Peart

"As a forecaster, Marx shared the common destiny of all prophets: to be belied by events." - Gunnar Myrdal

"Spring and autumn are inconsiderable events in a landscape compared with the shadows of a cloud." - Alice Meynell

"The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events." - Jim Jarmusch

"Fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph." - Andrew Solomon

"Poor minds talk about people average minds talk about events great minds talk about ideas" - Eleanor Roosevelt

"The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history." - Ha-Joon Chang

"Man is troubled not by events, but by the meaning he gives them." - Epictetus

"When you reach the point of becoming independent of external events, you're truly free." - Steve Pavlina

"We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer." - Billy Graham

"Stress comes from the way you relate to events or situations." - Chris Prentiss

"For feeling, not events, is to me the essence of history." - Christopher Pike

"Master your responses to external events-don't attempt to control them." - Caroline Myss

"If I could, I'd wear my sneakers everywhere, even for dinners or events." - Elizabeth Tan

"man cannot control the current of events. he can only float with them and steer" - Otto Von Bismarck

"There are many events in the womb of time, which will be delivered." - William Shakespeare

"In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes." - Julius Caesar

"You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home." - Og Mandino

"There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life." - Al Pacino

"I can see patterns in events, and behaviors; in mathematics, I follow slower" - Jacqueline Carey

"Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves." - Queen Victoria

"I never go out to be photographed, never. I go to events because they're fun." - Lily Allen

"Your house is all about routine, not the unexpected events of your life." - Chris Van Allsburg

"The greatest events of history are those which affect the greatest number for the longest periods." - Ezra Taft Benson

"The rich are not born sceptical or cynical. They are made that way by events, circumstances." - Paul Getty

"You create time by joining events together. But they don't join together; there's no separativity." - Frederick Lenz

"Unexpected events can set you back or set you up. It's all a matter of - perspective." - Mary Anne Radmacher

"I am personally saddened and stunned by the tragic events that took place in Red Lake." - Collin C Peterson

"We not only interpret the character of events... we may also interpret our interpretations." - Kenneth Burke

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Historical chronology, human or geological, depends... upon comparable impersonal principles. If one scribes with a stylus on a plate of wet clay two marks, the second crossing the first, another person on examining these marks can tell unambiguously which was made first and which second, because the latter event irreversibly disturbs its predecessor. In virtue of the fact that most of the rocks of the earth contain imprints of a succession of such irreversible events, an unambiguous working out of the chronological sequence of these events becomes possible." - M. King Hubbert

"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts.... That man is, in fact, only a member of a biotic team is shown by an ecological interpretation of history. Many historical events, hitherto explained solely in terms of human enterprise, were actually biotic interactions between people and land.... Is history taught in this spirit? it will be, once the concept of land as a community really penetrates our intellectual life." - Aldo Leopold

"Events are the ephemera of history; they pass across its stage like fireflies, hardly glimpsed before they settle back into darkness and as often as not into oblivion. Every event, however brief, has to be sure a contribution to make, lights up some dark corner or even some wide vista of history. Nor is it only political history which benefits most, for every historical landscape - political, economic, social, even geographical - is illumined by the intermittent flare of the event." - Fernand Braudel

"Bertrand Russell said, 'Electricity is not a thing like St. Paul's Cathedral; it is a way in which things behave.' And it's not 'they' who say, but Walter Benjamin who said, 'Things are only mannequins and even the great world-historical events are only costumes beneath which they exchange glances with nothingness, with the base and the banal.' In September, 1940, Benjamin died under ambiguous circumstances in the French-Spanish border town of Portbou, while attempting to flee the Nazis." - Mary Jo Bang

"He believed that all people existed behind varying layers of armor which, like the archaeological layers of earth itself, reflected the historical events and turbulence of a lifetime. An individual's armor that had been developed to resist pain and rejection might also block a capacity for pleasure and achievement, and feelings too deeply trapped might be released only by acts of self-destruction or harm to others. Reich was convinced that sexual deprivation and frustration motivated much of the world's chaos and warfare." - Gay Talese

"I sometimes subscribe to the belief that all historical events occur simultaneously, like a dream in the mind of God. Perhaps it is only man who views time sequentially and tries to impose a solar calendar upon it. What if other people, both dead and unborn, are living out their lives in the same space we occupy, without our knowledge or consent?" The Glass Rainbow, p. 138" - James Lee Burke

"If the 'Principle of Relativity' in an extreme sense establishes itself, it seems as if even Time would become discontinuous and be supplied in atoms, as money is doled out in pence or centimes instead of continuously;-in which case our customary existence will turn out to be no more really continuous than the events on a kinematograph screen;-while that great agent of continuity, the Ether of Space, will be relegated to the museum of historical curiosities." - Oliver Lodge

"What is the cause of historical events? Power. What is power? Power is the sum total of wills transferred to one person. On what condition are the willso fo the masses transferred to one person? On condition that the person express the will of the whole people. That is, power is power. That is, power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand." - Leo Tolstoy

"A living organism must be studied from two distinct aspects. One of these is the causal-analytic aspect which is so fruitfully applicable to ontogeny. The other is the historical descriptive aspect which is unravelling lines of phylogeny with ever-increasing precision. Each of these aspects may make suggestions concerning the possible significance of events seen under the other, but does not explain or translate them into simpler terms." - Gavin de Beer

"My drug of choice is historical research." - E. Lee Spence

"The Bible's historical accuracy is a reminder that while "the heavens declare the glory of God," there's also plenty of evidence among the rubble and ruins." - Charles Colson

"No man's conscience can tell him the rights of another man; they must be known by rational investigation or historical inquiry." - Samuel Johnson

"Historical capitalism is a materialist civilization." - Immanuel Wallerstein

"Boredom and fatigue are great historical forces." - Jacques Barzun

"Historical tends to be my bailiwick." - Megan Chance

"Historical awareness is a kind of resurrection." - William Least Heat-Moon

"I love historical romance, absolutely love it." - Julie Garwood

"I will be a historical painter." - William Allan

"I invented the historical spy novel." - Alan Furst

"I've always been drawn to historical fiction." - Karin Slaughter

"Plato wove historical fact into literary myth." - Michael Shermer

"I found a great book called 'Slang Through the Ages' by Jonathon Green. It's basically a thesaurus of historical slang, and had lots of great old uses." - Scott Westerfeld

"I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks." - Jeanette Winterson

"No historical analogies are exactly precise." - Rick Perlstein

"The best predictor of future events is probably past events." - Andre Agassi

"In the contexts of religion and politics, words are not regarded as standing, rather inadequately, for things and events; on the contrary things and events are regarded as particular illustrations of words." - Aldous Huxley

"What is prayer but a wish for the events in your life to string together to form a story - something that makes some sense of events you know have meaning." - Douglas Coupland

"We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them. Mankind are governed more by their feeling than by reason. Events which excite those feelings will produce wonderful effects." - Samuel Adams

"People make events into stories. Stories give events meaning." - Scarlett Thomas

"It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous - even death is terrible only if we fear it." - Epictetus

"The ancients held that a man must never let himself be overcome by events unless those events taught something essentially new. They were more intent than were any men before or since on preserving the freedom of the mind." - Allan Bloom

"In politics nothing is immutable. Events carry within them an invincible power. The unwise destroy themselves in resistance. The skillful accept events, take strong hold of them and direct them." - Napoleon Bonaparte



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