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Knowledge of our past is our inheritance. What we do with that knowledge will shape our destinies...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday: Historical Fiction

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is Historical Fiction!

"One of the great lessons I learned about historical fiction...is that you don't try to disguise what the people did; my approach was to understand the characters and why they did what they did."--Nancy Horan

"Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it."--Oscar Wilde

"Whether I like it or not, most of my images of what various historical periods feel, smell, or sound like were acquired well before I set foot in any history class...Whether historians acknowledge it or not, scholarly history's illegitimate cousin, the historical novel, plays a profound role in shaping widely held conceptions of historical realities."--Lauren Willig

"Historical novels are, without question, the best way of teaching history, for they offer the human stories behind the events and leave the reader with a desire to know more."--Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

"It is the control group which enables the scientist gauge the effect of his experiment. To judge the significance of what has occurred. In history there are no control groups. There is no one to tell us what might have been. We weep over the might have been, but there is no might have been. There never was."--Cormac McCarthy

"Knowledge of our past is our inheritance. What we do with that knowledge will shape our destinies."--L.K.Hill

So many of these apply to me or to my historical fiction novel! That last one is mine! Head over to my other blog to read some more amazing quotes about historical fiction!

What is your favorite quote about historical fiction? Do you have one to add?


  1. Great quotes! I loved reading them! I don't read so much historical fiction, but I'm starting to like it more and more!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad you liked the quotes. I hope you read more histfic. There's so much great stuff out there. :D

  2. "True, I have raped history, but it has produced some beautiful offspring." ~Alexandre Dumas

  3. "If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree." ~Michael Crichton

    1. Great quotes! I like them both. Thanks so much for stopping by! :D