Quotes for Archaeologists
"The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it" Oscar Wilde. 1891. The Critic as Artist.
"A thing belongs to the one who remembers it most obsessively" Kanan Makiya. 2001. The Rock: A
Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem.
"About thirty years ago there was much talk that geologists ought only to observe and not theorise; and I remember some one saying that at this rate a man might well go into a gravel-pit and count the pebbles and describe their colours. How odd it is that anyone should not see that all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of service." Charles Darwin 1861.
"Problems can not be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them." Albert Einstein
"Archaeologists ought to be grateful to worms, as they protect and preserve for an indefinitely long period every object, not liable to decay, which is dropped on the surface of the land, by burying it beneath their casting." Charles Darwin 1881
"The hardest thing about being a communist is trying to predict the past." Milovan Djilas (1911-1995), Yugoslav author-politician. Djilas was warning apparatchiks rather than Marxist archaeologists - but still ....
"You never know how the past is going to turn out." Jude Quinn in I'm Not There, 2007
"Astronomers have a great advantage over archaeologists: they can see the past." Loeb and Pritchard, New Scentist 27 Oct 2012
"The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun
"... everything happens in its own time" Bob Dylan, BBC interview
"Time is not a thing that passes ... it's a sea on which you float." Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
"I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times." (Psalm 77:5 (King James Version)
"The more one can see the past the more one can see the future." David Hockney Secret Knowledge 2006:197.
"In the past, nothing is irretrievably lost, but on the contrary, everything is irrevocably stored and treasured." Victor Frankl 1946 Man's Search for Meaning.
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." George Orwell 1984