January 19, 2010


What does it matter that the historian says what men do if he does not know how to relate what they feel?

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 37


  1. The original Spanish is:

    ¿Qué importa que el historiador diga lo que los hombres hacen, mientras no sepa contar lo que sienten?

  2. Cf. Notas, pp. 356-7:

    "True history, the history that would be worth the trouble to know, is not the history of what men do, nor even the history of what they think, but the history of what they feel.
    "What, in truth, does it matter to me that the hordes of the Gobi invaded China or Persia? But--aha!--a night of victory, among the flames and the shouts, amidst the sacking of the imperial palaces of Shigan [?], after long years of thirst in the desert."