In history, one gathers clues like a detective, tries to present an honest account of what most likely happened, and writes a narrative according to what we know and, where we aren’t absolutely sure, what might be most likely to have happened, within the generally accepted rules of evidence and sources.
In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
For me, poetry is a situation – a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
All that is noble in the world’s past history, and especially the minds of the great and the good, are never lost.
A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.
Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history.
In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America.
In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.
The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history.