G. M. Trevelyan Quotes

George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM CBE FRS FBA (16 February 1876 – 21 July 1962), was a British historian and academic. He was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1898 to 1903. He then spent more than twenty years as a full-time author. He returned to the University of Cambridge and was Regius Professor of History from 1927 to 1943. He served as Master of Trinity College from 1940 to 1951. In retirement, he was Chancellor of Durham University.

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Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.

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Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out.

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Since history has no properly scientific value, its only purpose is educative. And if historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is valueless except in so far as it educates themselves.

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I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. When body and mind are out of gear (and those twin parts of me live at such close quarters that the one always catches melancholy from the other) I know that I shall have only to call in my doctors and I shall be well again.

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If the French noblesse had been capable of playing cricket with their peasants, their chateaux would never have been burnt.

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And how fascinating history is - the long, variegated pageant of man's still continuing evolution of this strange planet, so much the most interesting of all the myriads of spinners through space.

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Many who burnt heretics in the ordinary way of their business were otherwise excellent people.

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There is no orthodoxy in walking. It is a land of many paths and no-paths, where every one goes his own and is right.

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We are literally children of the earth, and removed from her our spirits wither or run to various forms of insanity. Unless we can refresh ourselves at least by intermittent contact with nature, we grow awry.

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Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.

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Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

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One half who graduate from college never read another book.

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“The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.”

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“One half who graduate from college never read another book.”

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“Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.”

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