H.A.L. Fisher, fully Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher

H.A.L.
Fisher, fully Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
1865
1940

English Historian, Educator and Liberal Politician, President of the Board of Education in David Lloyd George's coalition government

Author Quotes

Purity of race does not exist. Europe is a continent of energetic mongrels.

I can see ... only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.

Men wiser and more learned than I have discerned in history a plot, a rhythm, a predetermined pattern. These harmonies are concealed from me. I can see only one emergency following upon another as wave follows upon wave, only one great fact with respect to which, since it is unique, there can be no generalizations, only one safe rule for the historian: that they should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.

Author Picture
First Name
H.A.L.
Last Name
Fisher, fully Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
Birth Date
1865
Death Date
1940
Bio

English Historian, Educator and Liberal Politician, President of the Board of Education in David Lloyd George's coalition government