Archives Quotes

Archives Quotes by Michael Light, Robert Fisk, David Perlmutter, Adlai E. Stevenson, Kate Williams, Susan Sontag and many others.

I take pleasure in working with the non-art photographs

I take pleasure in working with the non-art photographs that reside in public archives, essentially authorless and owned by the world itself, because I find the world of fine art photography to be pretty silly and pretentious.
Michael Light
The dead cannot speak. But hitherto unknown information has emerged from the confidential archives of the Syrian presidency and foreign ministry, published in a new book by Bouthaina Shaaban, who spent ten years as Hafez’s interpreter and is still an adviser to his son Bashar.
Robert Fisk
Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that postmenopausal women who were put on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol had a nearly 48 percent increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who weren’t given the drug.
David Perlmutter
The university is the archive of the Western mind, it’s the keeper of the Western culture, … the guardian of our heritage, the teacher of our teachers, … the dwelling place of the free mind.
Adlai E. Stevenson
Some archives and record offices are housed in your local museum or library; others have their own stand-alone building. Wherever they are, they are a treasure trove.
Kate Williams
My library is an archive of longings.
Susan Sontag
Folklore used to be passed by word of mouth, from one generation to the next; thats what makes it folklore, as opposed to, say, history, which is written down and stored in an archive.
Jill Lepore
There’s a level at which words are spirit and paper is skin. That’s the fascination of archives. There’s still a bodily trace.
Susan Howe
Everyone keeps asking you for pictures, and after a while you get tired of that. I always say, They are in the archives.
Annie Leibovitz
I watched her do speeches, but the only footage we could find of [princess] Margaret was archive footage, which was of her public presentation of herself.
Vanessa Kirby
I was totally taken in and totally taken by that myth starting in 1999, rather carelessly writing about this archive and starting to read [Buckminster Fuller] self-representation, misrepresentation, whatever you want to call it.
Jonathon Keats
I was working for Alan Lomax in the Library of Congress folk song archive, and starting to realize what a wealth of different kinds of music there was in this country that you never heard on the radio.
Pete Seeger
I am certainly influenced by certain post-structuralist traditions but also a number of other theoretical archives as well – including the brilliant work of Paulo Freire, Zygmunt Bauman, Loic Wacquant, Nancy Fraser, Tony Judt, and others.
Henry Giroux
I remember ‘The Norfolk Journal and Guide,’ which is a black newspaper that still exists, but it was really influential, as you can imagine, in the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties. But all of their archives are online and digitized, and it was a really great resource.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Another scandal for Hillary Clinton – they’re saying she used a private email address when she was secretary of state, which means the government couldn’t archive and preserve her emails. Then Obama said, ‘Don’t worry, we saw them. We see everyone’s emails.’
Jimmy Fallon
Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable.
Tom Robbins
The Woodruff Library Archives has done a phenomenal job archiving my son’s materials.
Afeni Shakur
We know the secret police’s methods, and the way the archive and registry were run – that’s how we know. We’ve also found evidence from the Bolek file cited in other files.
Slawomir Cenckiewicz
For inspiration you go to the archives, you go to things of the past, but you still need to be contemporary for today. You can never forget the time you’re living in because the past is the past and it will never come back.
Nicki Minaj
I just love the days when you come out of the archives with half a dozen excellent descriptions or poignant accounts of personal experiences.
Antony Beevor
Language is the archives of history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
All the stories in ‘The UnAmericans’ required interviews, travel, hours and hours in the archives. All of that stuff is so important in the beginning, but I reach a point where I have to shuck it away.
Molly Antopol
On a very personal level, I have fond memories of spending a lot of time in the Library of Congress working on my collection of poems ‘Native Guard.’ I was there over a summer doing research in the archives and then writing in the reading room at the Jefferson building.
Natasha Trethewey
Usually, historical revelations come from days of legwork, ploughing through piles of letters and papers in archives or even private homes, looking for the telling phrase or letter that someone else has missed.
Kate Williams
I consider myself a writer who happens to write about history, rather than a historian. I was an English major in college. What I’ve learned about history is in the field, so to speak. Going into the archives and working with it directly.
Nathaniel Philbrick
Today with the Internet, I search for film and video archives online. It’s an ever-growing moveable visual feast of delicacies from all around the world.
Elisa Kreisinger
I applied for funding to embark on an overseas field trip in Iceland, and spent six weeks there happily holed up in the national archives, museums and libraries, sifting through ministerial and parish records, censuses, maps, microfilm, logs, and local histories.
Hannah Kent
I’ve found myself moved by letters and diaries in archives as well as trashy, summer blockbusters. It’s possible to make a connection with any kind of writing – as long as the writing is good.
Sara Sheridan
I’ve been combing through the Wolverine archives and advertisements from the sixties and seventies. I’m looking to take inspiration from designs of the past and bring them into the future.
Vic Mensa
I watched tons of archive footage of princess Margaret and listened to the music she loved; that was really immersive and brilliant.
Vanessa Kirby
Over the last two years, I have been able to comb through The Prince’s archives. I have been free to read his journals, diaries and many thousands of the letters.
Jonathan Dimbleby
If you are working 50 hours a week in a factory, you don’t have time to read 10 newspapers a day and go back to declassified government archives. But such people may have far-reaching insights into the way the world works.
Noam Chomsky
I never really felt free to talk a lot about my family life because I don’t want to sacrifice anybody else’s privacy. If you look through the archives, you will see, for example, no pictures of my children. That is not because I don’t love them. I think I’ve been a really good dad; at least, I try to be.
Scott Turow
Research promoted by NARA within a major coalition of Federal and private sector research partners has at last demonstrated that an Electronic Records Archives can be built.
Allen Weinstein
The archives recall not one single incriminating incident, not one drunken escapade, not one reported affair, not one spat with a team-mate or reporter – As Matthew Parris wondered of Barack Obama in these pages recently, is he human?
Michael Atherton
I love being in the archives, traveling, sitting in dusty places and looking at books with brittle pages. I love reading biographies and researching, to make myself informed about whatever political or historical time I’m writing about. From there, a lot of the emotional truths about my characters emerge.
Molly Antopol
Kids talk to me and say they want to do musicals again because they’ve studied the tapes of the old films. We didn’t have that. We thought once we had made it, even on film, it was gone except for the archives.
Gene Kelly
First, we would reposition UPI by bringing it into the 21st century with new technology. And second would be to better utilize its assets, like the library and archives, which have terrific value.
Leon Charney
VIDEO ARCHIVE- INTERVIEW 24768 . GOLD-EYE I like trees… grass… only birds in sky. People walking safe. Family No Creatures. Sleep all night safe. Walk under sun in own place. Grow plants. Build. Be father with mother. Have Children. A place like Petar told me. Home. After Change goes back… I want home.
Garth Nix
I’ve always had a bazillion songs in my archive, but I want to play people stuff they know. Now that I have two albums’ worth of material, that gives me freedom to compose a set that’s more well-balanced and build a show rather than just a recital of some songs.
Kate Voegele
The Carnegie Foundation is well aware of the fact that their reports frequently find their way to dusty archives in academic institutions, but occasionally people pick up a segment of a report and act upon it.
C. Everett Koop
Let’s face it, we’re all clones nowadays. We’ve all got the same archives, we’ve all got the same Hyundai, we’ve all got the same Mac or PC components, and we’re all being told the same news stories globally.
Rob Brown
Without archives many stories of real people would be lost, and along with those stories, vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today.
Sara Sheridan
I woke up one day and I was like, “I don’t have anything to save for myself for the future.” That’s when I started archiving things. I take four or five things that are really key to each collection, and I restore them or, in some cases, remake parts of them, and archive them.
Jason Wu
You’ve traveled up ten thousand steps in search of the truth. So many days in the archives, copying, copying. The gravity of the Tang and the profundity of the Sung make heavy baggage. Here! I’ve picked you a bunch of wild flowers. Their meaning is the same but they’re much easier to carry.
Hsu Yun
It’s important to have relationships with the people at the archives.
Shola Lynch
To have a great university library near you with plenty of archives of all the journals that you want to research in the twentieth century is a remarkable asset, and I spend a day, maybe two days a week in that library. I just plain love it.
John Shelby Spong
Some survived due to advancements in engineering. Personally I’d take a vaccine over living in an iron lung.
Howard Tayler
Courage is not the absence of fear…
Richard Stengel
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.
Mark Twain
When you are playing somebody who did exist, and there is good source material on them, whether it is a biography or archives or experts, you would be stupid not to delve into them. But there is a point in the process where you leave the books alone, and instead, you focus on the script and creating your version.
Andrew Gower
I have a company that is not Microsoft, called Corbis. Corbis is the operation that merged with Bettman Archives. It has nothing to do with Microsoft. It was intentionally done outside of Microsoft because Microsoft isn’t interested.
Bill Gates
I got archives of records. I have records from when I was 17 that I still think are pretty dope.
Research material can turn up anywhere – in a dusty old letter in an archive, a journal or some old photographs you find in a charity shop.
Sara Sheridan
The Disney archives, it’s 84 years of history. The one way in which I feel I’m a kindred spirit with Walt Disney is that neither one of us ever throws anything away. He never threw anything away.
Warren Spector
I’m so grateful for archives like Wayback Machine, who for 15 years have been creating snapshots of almost the entire web.
Porter Robinson
Social Networking that matters is helping people archive their goals. Doing it reliably and repeatability so that over time people have an interest in helping you achieve your goals.
Seth Godin
I play a curator, the most American part you can think of. My work is to protect the Declaration of Independence. I work at the National Archives in Washington.
Diane Kruger
Richmond has fallen – and I have no heart to write about it… They are too many for us. Everything lost in Richmond, even our archives. Blue-black is our horizon.
Mary Boykin Chesnut
A sociologist without an archive is like a person without a memory.
Raisa Gorbacheva
I archive a lot of my clothes and have them wrapped up and in boxes. I call them ‘little tombs’ and keep them in a storage space… I would never get rid of the dress I wore on the night I won my Oscar. When I die, someone can have it, but not a minute before!
Halle Berry
He had undoubtedly not availed himself of the ministry archives, archives that might have revealed to him that Iranian diplomats in Paris, from this, his own Foreign Ministry, had taken it upon themselves to issue Iranian passports to Jews escaping the very Holocaust they were aware of, but that he now denied.
Hooman Majd
We may observe in some of the abrupt grounds we meet with, sections of great masses of strata, where it is as easy to read the history of the sea, as it is to read the history of Man in the archives of any nation.
Jean-Andre Deluc
While I’ve won five Junos, I’ve donated four of them to the National Archives in Ottawa. Which left my fifth Juno sitting, seemingly abandoned by its four family members, on my bookcase in my dining room.
Dan Hill
I’m not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.
Andrew Motion
Like any parent, they’ve been extremely supportive of my racing throughout my childhood. I mean, my mom says that she didn’t want me racing, but I think my dad and I both knew she wasn’t going to win that battle. She loves it more than anybody, so it’s neat to have the archives of all my old races.
Kyle Larson
I discovered ‘The Shield’ back around 2010, when the Archie superheroes were licensed to DC Comics. From there, I went back into the archives and discovered this whole universe of characters, and I was hooked.
Adam Christopher
I don’t keep a diary and I throw away nearly all the paper I might have kept. I don’t keep an archive. There’s something worrying about my make-up that I try to leave no trace of myself apart from my plays.
Tom Stoppard
The concept of preserving history, collating full archives, making them as usable as possible so the public have access to them, I really feel that it allows the public an ability to engage with their own history.
Sarah Harrison
I don’t think that there has been a film that I’ve done that hasn’t been influenced by libraries and archives.
Ken Burns
There’s an institution here called the National Sound Archive, and there’s a character who works there, Paul Wilson. He takes a very special interest in the history of the music and advised Martin Davidson of the existence of these tapes.
Evan Parker
It is to have a compulsive, repetitive, and nostalgic desire for the archive, an irrepressible desire to return to the origin, a homesickness, a nostalgia for the return to the most archaic place of absolute commencement
Jacques Derrida
Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read – except for those written by either a ‘president or first lady of the United States.’
Bill Dedman
Archives exist because there’s something that can’t necessarily be articulated. Something is said in the gaps between all the information.
Taryn Simon
Anne Romaine collected her own parallel archive to [Alex] Haley.
Manning Marable
I think in most companies you’re surrounded by the past. You may have a Web site or archives or a lobby that sort of shows off your work of the past. The future is not as tangible.
Harry West
I get slightly obsessive about working in archives because you don’t know what you’re going to find. In fact, you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it.
Antony Beevor