Social history might be defined negatively as the history of a people with the politics left out
If the French noblesse had been capable of playing cricket with their peasants, their chateaux would never have been burnt.
History is the open Bible: we historians are not priests to expound it infallibly: our function is to teach people to read it and to reflect upon it for themselves.
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.
History repeats itself and History never repeats itself are about equally true.
I never knew a man go for an honest day’s walk for whatever distance, great or small, and not have his reward in the repossession of his soul.
A little man often cast a long shadow.
After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.
Many who burnt heretics in the ordinary way of their business were otherwise excellent people.
Village cricket spread fast through the land. In those days before it became scientific, cricket was the best game in the world to watch, with its rapid sequence of amusing incidents, each ball a potential crisis!
Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future.
I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.