“Historians are to nationalism what poppy-growers in Pakistan are to heroin-addicts: we supply the essential raw material for the market.”
E. J. Hobsbawm
“History repeats itself; historians repeat each other”
“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter”
“Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.”
Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
“To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.”
“I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.”
“Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.”
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