Historians will have to face the fact that natural selection determined the evolution of cultures in the same manner as it did that of species.

Konrad Lorenz

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

Leo Tolstoy

The difference between God and the historians consists above all in the fact that God cannot alter the past.

Samuel Butler

History is too serious to be left to historians.

Ian Macleod

We will leave that to historians.

Halee Hamilton

Mostly, we are amateur historians. We try to live like our ancestors or forefathers.

Wade Reynolds

As historians, our training and discipline is based on documentary evidence.

David Dixon

Give the historians something to write about.

Sextus Propertius

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

Peter Conrad

Years ago there were historians who 'just sit and know;' that was the expression.

Willa Skinner

It is not the historian's business to be complimentary; it is his business to lay bare the facts of the case, as he understands them . . . dispassionately, impartially and without ulterior motives.

Lytton Strachey

The historian must have some conceptions of how men who are not historians behave.

Edward Morgan Forster