Quotes with events
All superstition is much the same whether it be that of astrology, dreams, omen, retributive judgment, or the like, in all of which the deluded believers observe events which are fulfilled, but neglect and pass over their failure, though it be much more common.
Being neither omniscient nor omnipresent, the historian is not the same person always and everywhere; and for him, as for Mr. Everyman, the form and significance of remembering events, like the extension and velocity of physical objects, will vary with the time and place of the observer.
Address at the American Historical Association (December 1931)
History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
The Devil's Dictionary
At all events, the next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
Today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned. Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination.
Why I weep for my country, The Observer, March 23, 2003.
History cannot be reduced to simply bringing texts and ancient documents to the light of day. Whether one wishes or not, it is a thoughtful recital that each generation consecrates to its past, rethought each time in a new way, reformulated by the resurgence of new events and problems.
They have a big to-do when you're born. Father passes out cigars, and that is a big event. And there's also a big event when you die. Friends, everybody goes, goes to the funeral; they stand around and about you. But those two events are not as important as the thing in between. The thing in between there called life, and if you use that constructively and for all that it's worth, then I think you've got a good life.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
History is not a narrative of events. The historian’s difficult task is to explain what happened.
The Century of Revolution: 1603-1714 (1961)
If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how then with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books should be forbid.
The study of history is said to enlarge and enlighten the mind. Why? Because...it gives a power of judging of passing events, and of all events, and a conscious superiority over them, which before it did not possess.
On the Scope and Nature of University Education