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Sidney Webb Quotes and Sayings

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The inevitability of gradualness cannot fail to be appreciated.
- Sidney Webb

The historian's job is to aggrandize,
promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
- Peter Conrad

There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there
is the willingness to think.
- Chuck Jones

Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology,
which has all the inevitability of fate,
so long as he does not understand it.
- Alfred Adler

 

This inevitability of conflict motivates us today and
echoes the reminder that freedom is not given away
and our national security is not achieved without sacrifice.
- Jim Walsh

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Zen teaches that once we can open up to the inevitability of our demise,
we can begin to transform that situation and lighten up about it.
- Allen Klein

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That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity.
So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone,
to the honesty, and the inevitability of something.
- Meredith Monk

Melody is a form of remembrance.
It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition,
here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition,
that the composition moved towards perfection with
the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation.
- Maurice Ravel

As far as a truly radical conscience,
you have to take it as part of a larger thing,
that it was sort of historical inevitability that with
the coming of a leaguer society people would start
to use drugs a lot more then they had before.
- Lester Bangs

When I've gone back to work, it's always with that sense of inevitability.
That may be a complete delusion, but it's the one that
I need to get out of bed and go about my business.
That sense that I can't avoid this thing.
I better just get on with it.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure
in which we must take risks in new situations,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

No one should be surprised when Osama bin Laden and
al Qaeda detonate a weapon of mass destruction in the United States.
I don't believe in inevitability.
But I think it's pretty close to being inevitable.
- Michael Scheuer

Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we
must take risks in new situation,
in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true,
in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
- James Anthony Froude

Every historian has informally an anthropology,
without ever using the word.
- Peter Gay

Very few things happen at the right time,
and the rest do not happen at all.
The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
- Herodotus

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
- Stendhal

I ain't no historian but I happen to savvy this incident.
- Charles M. Russell

I'm a historian in my own mind.
- Quentin Tarantino

The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice.
His sympathy, like that of the historian,
must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party.
- Goldwin Smith

The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim
that when paradigms change,
the world itself changes with them.
- Thomas Kuhn

I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist;
I'm a dramatist,
a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
- Oliver Stone

It was necessary, as a black historian,
to have a personal agenda.
- John Hope Franklin

What is a historian, anyway? It is someone who uses
facts to record the development of humanity.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.
- Ambrose Bierce

To a historian libraries are food, shelter,
and even muse.
- Barbara Tuchman

Every historian with professional standards speaks
or writes what he believes to be true.
- Samuel E. Morison

Every historian discloses a new horizon.
- George Sand

Too rigid specialization is almost as bad for a historian's mind,
and for his ultimate reputation, as too early an indulgence
in broad generalization and synthesis.
- Samuel E. Morison

The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable
of observing the facts which he examines.
- Marc Bloch

Oh no, I'm not a historian or anything like that.
- Lee Hazlewood

The historian is a prophet looking backward.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

But I'm a historian.
I wasn't interested in just being a producer,
I was interested in doing research and presenting that
research to a general public.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

The man who first gave history a recognized place in
science was an ancient historian.
- James H. Breasted

The same contingencies of time and space that force
a statesman or soldier to make decisions,
impel the historian, though with less urgency,
to make up his mind.
- Samuel E. Morison

I'm a historian, and that freaks me out.
- Mike Tyson

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action;
he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.
- Paul de Man

If you think about it, the historian's task is like that of the detective.
- David Herbert Donald

I'm no politician.
I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime
of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education.
- Stephen Ambrose

I don't really have a historical overview of my work at all.
I'm not an art historian.
I don't see that there's this period and that period.
- Howard Hodgkin

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -
ignorance,
which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits,
with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
- Lytton Strachey

The search for the truth for truth's sake is the mark of the historian.
- B. H. Liddell Hart

The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale.
He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh,
there his quarry lies.
- Marc Bloch

A good historian is timeless; although he is a patriot,
he will never flatter his country in any respect.
- Francois Fenelon

You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from
your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time.
- Ken Burns

No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller;
for except he can see what must be,
or what may be, he is no politician.
- James Harrington

The historian is terribly responsible to what he can
discern are the facts of the case,
but he's nothing if he doesn't make out a case.
- Howard Nemerov

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.
- Antoine Rivarol

I'm not an historian but I can get interested -
obsessively interested -
with any aspect of the past,
whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't realize the president was such an historian.
- Mark Shields

Both the historian and the novelist view history as
the struggle of a tiny minority,
able and determined to make judgments,
which is up against a vast and densely packed majority of the blind,
who are led by their instincts and unable to think for themselves.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

In any case, his judgment and set of values,
acting alone or through his assistants,
determine not only what is gold and what is dross but
the design of the history which he creates out of the metal.
The historian decides what is significant,
and what is not.
- Samuel E. Morison

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?
- Donald Kagan

So with truth - there is a certain moment when one can say,
this is the truth and here I put a dot,
a stop, and I go to another thing.
A judge has to put an end to a deliberation.
But for a historian, there's never an end to the past.
It can go on and on and on.
- A. B. Yehoshua

But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle,
I think that any historian worth his salt,
and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot
of these guys who attack me -
not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means!
Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
- Oliver Stone

I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about
how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian,
but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life
has been dictated by it too,
as all our lives are.
- Penelope Lively

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet,
historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed
be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature,
believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.
- Michael N. Castle

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

Yet enthusiasm is no excuse for the historian going off balance.
He should remind the reader that outcomes were neither
inevitable nor foreordained,
but subject to a thousand changes and chances.
- Samuel E. Morison

Now, to describe the process of the Wrapped Reichstag,
which went from 1971 to '95, there is an entire book about that,
because each one of our projects has its own book.
The book is not an art book, meaning it's not written by an art historian.
- Christo

The historian must have some conception of how men
who are not historians behave.
Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead.
He can only gain that conception through personal experience,
and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
- E. M. Forster

The greatest of all the Sioux in my time,
or in any time for that matter, was that wonderful old fighting man,
Sitting Bull, whose life will some day be written by
a historian who can really give him his due.
- Buffalo Bill

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.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

The successful revolutionary is a statesman,
the unsuccessful one a criminal.
- Erich Fromm

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful people are always asking,
"What's in it for me?"
- Brian Tracy

I am a registered Democrat and two-time unsuccessful candidate for office.
- Jack L. Chalker

The fact that I'm going to be unsuccessful at times
is pretty well-balanced by the fact that I'm going
to be successful at others.
- Rod Taylor


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