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William Allan Quotes and Sayings

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I will be a historical painter.
- William Allan

Father, in spite of all this spending of money in learning Latin,
I will be a painter.
- William Allan

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Most people's historical perspective
begins with the day of their birth.
- Rush Limbaugh

 

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

But every historical statement and legitimization itself
moves within a certain relation to history.
- Martin Heidegger

Yes, Socialists should defend their country in great historical crises.
- Karl Liebknecht

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Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting
to realize itself as a strictly historical science.
- Edward Sapir

Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached
its most grandiose historical manifestation.
- C. L. R. James

Well, for me, really, I think it was I wanted to try
and clear up some of the misperceptions that were out
there and fill in some of the historical gaps.
- Monica Lewinsky

For me, the original play becomes an historical document:
This is where I was when I wrote it,
and I have to move on now to something else.
- August Wilson

To have united the purposes of an entire Nation,
is the great historical achievement of the man in whose
strong hands our President has placed the fate of our people.
- Gustav Krupp

A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them.
The writings of the day show the quality of the people
as no historical reconstruction can.
- Edith Hamilton

And finally, it was Deuteronomy that brought about
the historical result of Josiah's reformation.
- Julius Wellhausen

It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean
covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each
Pacific country has its own cultural,
historical and ethnic identity.
- Jenny Shipley

Pictures can and do make a difference.
Strong images of historical events do have an impact on society.
They can help with change.
- Charles Moore

The story of Jesus is very fascinating.
It still has such a tremendous power,
even after 2,000 years!
We don't really know if he existed as a historical figure.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

The same historical development that turned the citizen
into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
- Christopher Lasch

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very
beginnings of my reading for pleasure,
I read a lot of non-fictional history,
particularly historical biography.
- Norman Spinrad

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories.
- Andy Goldsworthy

All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize,
and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home,
they export it, in a certain way, by war;
they make it tour the world.
- Victor Cousin

I have long been active in and supportive of conservation
and historical preservation causes.
- Jack L. Chalker

Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place in museums;
others,
we take for walks.
- Roger Caras

Most people don't like to talk about violent historical death.
- Sarah Vowell

All historical experience demonstrates the following:
Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant
future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved.
- Hans Kung

I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation
that parallel a lot of other historical processes.
- Maynard James Keenan

I'd love to do historical pictures more,
but I don't know if I can.
- Oliver Stone

We live in an era with no historical precedents.
History is no longer useful as a tool in helping us
understand current changes.
- Doug Coupland

Perhaps our Irish friends should not so completely
turn their backs on their historical dishes,
no matter how many jokes they might have to endure.
- Nick Clooney

Although there is a very large literature,
still growing almost daily, on the Chinese calendar,
its interest is, we suggest, much more archaeological
and historical than scientific.
- Joseph Needham

I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell.
But I kept trying.
- Anita Diament

I believe it has been said that one copy of The Times
contains more useful information than the whole of
the historical works of Thucydides.
- Richard Cobden

Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer,
in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical
and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred.
- George Crumb

Research can be a big clunker.
It's difficult to know how you can make the historical light.
- Michael Ondaatje

Students of American glass must always keep in mind
that the creations they collect are truly examples
of our American culture...
and thus have historical significance.
- James Lafferty

I like the stories with the historical themes.
- Sarah Sutton

The Odyssey is the story of Americans up to the point
where they are well-established,
and even so it is detached from the historical side.
- Raymond Queneau

Any theory intended to describe and analyze socio-historical
reality cannot restrict itself to the human spirit
and disregard the totality of human nature.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

I'm a history buff, and right now we're sitting on
one of the most dramatic historical shifts that this
planet has ever seen and we have a front row seat for it.
- James Daly

Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not
limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers
to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen.
- Paul Ricoeur

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify
the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical
process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
- Mao Tse-Tung

I think one of the great historical contributions of
science is to weaken the hold of religion.
That's a good thing.
- Steven Weinberg

All societies are historical.
- Raymond Queneau

In my own recent String Trio I attempt to superimpose
two quite different sets of formal strategies,
both of which, ultimately, refer back to historical precedent.
- Brian Ferneyhough

The apostolic writings are of three kinds:
historical,
didactic, and prophetic.
- Philip Schaff

It's very important to always put things in their historical contexts.
It teaches important lessons about the country in question.
- Warren Christopher

The historical development of the work of anthropologists
seems to single out clearly a domain of knowledge that
heretofore has not been treated by any other science.
- Franz Boas

I should have known better.
Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence
and the pro-choice arguments are not.
That is a cultural, historical fact.
- Stanley Fish

What we have to do now is to make the public at large
aware that what we're looking at is not a historical event but -
and I have to be brutal and I am going to say it -
a racket.
- Ernst Zundel

Actually my first eight books were historical novels,
but they were never published.
- Caroline B. Cooney

There are people who said he killed over a hundred men.
Historical fact doesn't corroborate one hundred men.
- Keith Carradine

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the
New England Historical Genealogical Library,
where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back
to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody

Ever since my youth it has disturbed me that of the
literary works that survived their own epoch,
so many dealt with historical rather than contemporary subjects.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Asking the author of historical novels to teach you
about history is like expecting the composer of a melody
to provide answers about radio transmission.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

But we cannot just take this historical fact for granted.
We must make it live.
- Wendell Willkie

The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down.
the right season for that play, the right historical moment,
the right tonality.
- Arthur Miller

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate,
has become the most surreal of subjects -
making it possible...
to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
- Susan Sontag

Skepticism is an important historical tool.
It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
- Samuel E. Morison

I was with the U.N.
Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell,
which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war.
- Michael Ignatieff

Backward is just not a natural direction for Americans to look -
historical ignorance remains a national characteristic.
- Larry McMurtry

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells
us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Historical methodology, as I see it,
is a product of common sense applied to circumstances.
- Samuel E. Morison

Without the meditative background that is criticism,
works become isolated gestures, historical accidents,
soon forgotten.
- Milan Kundera

After all, science is essentially international,
and it is only through lack of the historical sense
that national qualities have been attributed to it.
- Marie Curie

Liar is a strong word, but we are all liars.
Not in the sense of intentionally speaking untruths,
but in the sense of carrying so much historical
and emotional baggage that none of us is believable.
To lie means to speak an untruth,
and virtually everything that comes out of our mouth
is an untruth - an opinion, an assumption,
a point-of-view based on our past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have certainly amassed many historical research gathering skills.
- Iris Chang

It is of course the nature of historical contraction
that the shortest distance to a historical destination
is never a straight line.
- Ibrahim Babangida

A historical romance is the only kind of book where chastity really counts.
- Barbara Cartland

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects,
with their creations recorded as great historical events.
- Arthur Erickson

We have gotten away from this double aspect of either
putting the character back into historical events or
of making a historical event of his very life.
- Raymond Queneau

Well, I actually wrote her a letter a couple of days ago congratulating her.
The tone I tried to convey in the letter is,
look, you are a part of a great American historical process.
- Bruce Babbitt


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