Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
I think it’s outrageous if a historian has a ‘leading thought’ because it means they will select their material according to their thesis.
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.
It was necessary, as a black historian, to have a personal agenda.
I can see that you are a true historian because you really always ought to ask that question about anybody at a different place or a different time: What’s the same and what’s different?
The search for the truth for truth’s sake is the mark of the historian.
The historian is a prophet looking backward.
I worked for a brief spell as a journalist, but soon I discovered that I didn’t want to be a journalist – I wanted to be a historian.