Jules Michelet

French historian; popularized the historical concept of the Renaissance

Jules Michelet (21 August 1798 – 9 February 1874) was a French historian.

Jules Michelet

Quotes edit

  • Each year, it is necessary to respire, to take breath again, to revive ourselves at the great living sources that forever keep their eternal freshness. Where can we find them if not at the cradle of our race, on the sacred summits from where descend the Indus and the Ganges?
  • That year will always remain a dear and cherished memory; it was the first time I had the opportunity to read the great sacred poem of India, the divine Rarnayana. If anyone has lost the freshness of emotion, let him drink a long draught of life, and youth from that deep chalice.

Introduction to Universal History, 1831 edit

  • With the world began a war that will only end with the world, and not before: that of man against nature, mind against matter, freedom against fate. History is nothing but the story of this endless struggle.
    • Michelet, Jules (1843). Introduction à l'histoire universelle. Hachette. p. 9. 
  • The intimate fusion of races is the identity of our nation, its personality.
    • Michelet, Jules (1843). Introduction à l'histoire universelle. Hachette. p. 9. 
  • The last people in the world in whom the personality would consent to be absorbed into pantheism is the French.
    • Introduction à l'histoire universelle, new ed. (Paris: Hachette, 1879), p. 136

History of France, 1833-1867 edit

  • France is the daughter of freedom. In human progress, the essential part, the main force, is called man. Man is his own Prometheus.
    • Michelet, Jules (1893-1894). Preface de la Histoire de France. Flammarion. p. viii. 
  • The history of France begins with the French language. Language is the primary sign of nationality.
    • Michelet, Jules (1861). Histoire de France. Chamerot. p. 1, book 3. 
  • England is an Empire, Germany a race; France is a person.
    • Michelet, Jules (1861). Histoire de France. Chamerot. p. 103, book 3. 

External links edit

Wikipedia has an article about: