I have a long view of..

I have a long view of history - my orientation is archaeological because I'm always thinking in terms of ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Persia and Egypt.

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Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
Acknowledge
Encounter
Happy
History
Misery
Periods
Those
Want
Weep
Which
Who
False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news.
All Day
Any
Day
False
Gets
History
Made
Never
New
News
Truth
To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
Believing
Between
Correct
Everything
History
Indifference
Kept
Me
Misery
Natural
Placed
Sun
Taught
Well
I always like to break out and address the audience. In 'The History Boys', for instance, without any ado, the boys will suddenly turn and talk to the audience and then go back into the action. I find it more adventurous doing it in prose than on the stage, but I like being able to make the reader suddenly sit up.
Able
Action
Address
Ado
Adventurous
Always
Any
Audience
Back
Being
Boy
Break
Doing
Find
Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
Experience
Gives
History
Life
Literature
More
New
New Opportunities
Opens
Opportunities
Readers
Than
You
Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
About
After
Chance
Continue
Death
Delighted
Discover
Gave
History
How
Learn
Life
Me
Others
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.
Against
Feeling
History
Light
Matter
Older
Power
Reason
Than
The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States.
Asian
Black
Caribbean
History
Indian
Latino
Needs
Now
States
United
United States
White
Write
Written
The history of the world is the world's court of justice.
Court
History
Justice
The History Of
World
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Between
History
Instant
Mankind
Strides
Taken
The History Of
Traveler
Two
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
Anything
He
History
Learn
Man
Never
Right
Said
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
Happiest
History
Like
Nations
Women
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
Always
Experience
Happens
History
History Repeats Itself
How
Incapable
Itself
Learning
Man
Must
Repeats
Unexpected
The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning.
Absorb
Civilized
Concept
Generation
History
Implies
Lessons
Lose
Meaning
Own
People
Preserve
Problems
Reader
Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.
Afar
City
Funeral
Gathered
Hemisphere
History
Images
Moving
Past
Rome
Seems
Strange
Trophies
Visible
Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time.
Age
Anew
Conception
Conditions
Each
Form
History
Own
Past
Reference
The History Of
Time
Tries
Writes
You should read history and look at ostracism, persecution, martyrdom, and that kind of thing. They always happen to the best men, you know.
Always
Best
Happen
History
Kind
Know
Look
Martyrdom
Men
Ostracism
Persecution
Read
Should
Thing
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Casually
Escaped
History
Shipwreck
Some
Time
Which
As for sex, well, I mean sex is a perfectly respectable subject as far as Shakespeare is concerned. I mean, all history is love and violence.
As Far As
Concerned
Far
History
Love
Mean
Perfectly
Respectable
Sex
Shakespeare
Subject
Violence
Well
I love fiction because in fiction you go into the thoughts of people, the little people, the people who were defeated, the poor, the women, the children that are never in history books.
Because
Books
Children
Defeated
Fiction
Go
History
History Books
I Love
Little
Little People
Love
Never
People
This country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out-of-date.. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
Business
Changing
Days
Getting
Heroes
History
Keep
Little
Moving
Parts
Pretty
Quickly
Villains
History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
History
Man
Memories
Poem
Time
Written
I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities.
Art
Art history
Back
Because
Came
Chinese
Classes
Department
Facilities
History
Indian
Japanese
Lot
Much
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
Age
Changes
Charm
Consist
Different
Enigmatic
Everything
Fact
History
Lesson
Nothing
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
Allow
Experience
History
Learn
Men
Metaphysical
Only
Others
Passions
Prejudices
Recorded
Them
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
History
Important
Learn
Lessons
Men
Most
Much
The most important
Very
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
Consistent
History
Revolutionary
Sade
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
History
Important
Learn
Lessons
Men
Most
Much
The most important
To the best of my knowledge and of my effort, every lineage statement within 'Roots' is from either my African or American families' carefully preserved oral history, much of which I have been able conventionally to corroborate with documents.
Able
African
American
American families
Been
Best
Carefully
Documents
Effort
Either
Every
Families
History
Knowledge
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
Considering
Difficult
Even
Faith
Far
God
Him
History
Human
Human race
Just
May
More
Race
History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
Answers
Anthropology
Belongs
History
Questions
Sociology
Speaking
Strictly
Strictly speaking
Study
In my early 20s, I studied history and politics, and I really thought that perhaps I would devote my life to that.
Devote
Early
History
Life
My life
Perhaps
Politics
Really
Studied
Thought
Would
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Always
Far
History
Jeopardy
Judging
Justice
Main
Portions
The history of
World
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
Affections
History
Life
Life is a
Whole
Woman
The study of tavern history often brings to light much evidence of sad domestic changes. Many a cherished and beautiful home, rich in annals of family prosperity and private hospitality, ended its days as a tavern.
Beautiful
Beautiful home
Brings
Changes
Cherished
Days
Domestic
Ended
Evidence
Family
History
Home
Hospitality
Light
Dorothy is the only woman in history who has had her menopause in public and made it pay.
Dorothy
Had
Her
History
Made
Menopause
Only
Pay
Public
Who
Woman
All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.
Current
History
Injustice
Level
Some
Somewhere
World
I'm not convinced that women have the education or the sense of their own history enough or that they understand the cruelty of which men are capable and the delight that many men will take in seeing you choose to chain yourself - then they get to say 'See, you did it yourself.'
Capable
Chain
Choose
Convinced
Cruelty
Delight
Did
Education
Enough
Get
History
Many
Men
Own
After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve.
After
Almost
East
Fighting
History
Mania
Playing
Reading
See
Serve
Soldiers
Then
Years
Narcissism and the Confederate dead cannot be connected logically, or even historically; even were the connection an historical fact, they would not stand connected as art, for no one experiences raw history.
Art
Cannot
Confederate
Connected
Connection
Dead
Even
Experiences
Fact
Historical
Historical fact
Historically
History
Logically
A poem may be an instance of morality, of social conditions, of psychological history; it may instance all its qualities, but never one of them alone, nor any two or three; never less than all.
Alone
Any
Conditions
History
Instance
Less
May
Morality
Never
Nor
Poem
Psychological
Qualities
Social
You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
Alone
Begins
Book
Come
Do not judge
Ends
Friends
Glory
Had
Hallowed
Hang
History
Ireland
Judge
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Affairs
Becomes
Details
History
Human
Human affairs
Itself
Providence
I don't think nostalgia is a healthy modality. But nostalgia and a sense of history are not the same thing. Nostalgia is a dysfunction of the historical impulse, or a corruption of the historical impulse.
Corruption
Dysfunction
Healthy
Historical
History
Impulse
Nostalgia
Same
Same thing
Sense
Thing
Think
The history of the past, a hundred years from now, won't be the history of the past that we learned in school because much more will have been revealed, and adjectives we can't even imagine will have been brought to bear on what we did learn in school.
Adjectives
Bear
Because
Been
Brought
Did
Even
History
Hundred
Hundred years
Imagine
Learn
Learned
More
As a writer of fiction who deals with technology, I necessarily deal with the history of technology and the history of technologically induced social change. I roam up and down it in a kind of special way because I roam down it into history, which is invariably itself a speculative affair.
Affair
Because
Change
Deal
Deals
Down
Fiction
History
Induced
Invariably
Itself
Kind
Necessarily
Roam
I think the least important thing about science fiction for me is its predictive capacity. Its record for being accurately predictive is really, really poor! If you look at the whole history of science fiction, what people have said is going to happen, what writers have said is going to happen, and what actually happened - it's terrible.
About
Accurately
Actually
Being
Capacity
Fiction
Going
Happen
Happened
History
I think
Important
Important thing
Least
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
Great
Greatness
His
History
Lifetime
Man
Only
Page
Test
Truly
Who
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
Alongside
Author
Become
Books
Could
Down
Dull
Excite
His
History
How
Insipid
Interesting
Many
History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.
Art
Because
Created
Destroyed
History
Kings
People
Remembered
Warriors