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History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
To write history is so difficult that most historians are forced to make concessions to the technique of legende.
I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject.
History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story.
Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward.
Historians don't really like to carry on speculative debates, but you could certainly argue that the likelihood of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe was extremely, extremely low.
Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.
Edmond De Goncourt
Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history - revisionist historians is what I like to call them.
George W Bush
Perhaps the most important lesson of the New Social Historians is that history belongs to those about whom or whose documents survive.
Among those people lucky enough, if you will, to have actually been brought to trial as a political prisoner, several historians have said there has not been one acquittal since the Bolshevik Revolution.
There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
Alan Dean Foster
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