History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
Date of birth: 1805-07-29
Date of death: 1859-04-16
Quotes number: 43
You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
Libraries are not made, they grow.
That great dust-heap called 'history'.