Leopold Von Ranke Quotes (8 quotes)
“To history has been assigned the office of judging the past, of instructing the present for the benefit of future generations. This work does not have such a lofty ambition. It wants only to show what actually happened.”
―Leopold Von Ranke
History of the Romance and Germanic Peoples, 1492– 1535 preface (1824)
Chapter 1, The Overworld - Quotes and text from the Dying Earth novels
Poor Relations. - Last Essays of Elia (1833)
“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.”
―David Herbert Lawrence
Self-Pity (1929). Also in: The complete poems of D. H. Lawrence (1971 edition)
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Leopold Von Ranke
Born: December 21, 1795
Died: May 23, 1886 (aged 90)
Bio: Leopold von Ranke was a German historian and a founder of modern source-based history. Ranke set the standards for much of later historical writing, introducing such ideas as reliance on primary sources, an emphasis on narrative history and especially international politics.