Selected Quotes about History

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. -- Konrad Adenauer

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided. -- Konrad Adenauer

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. -- Maya Angelou

To write history is as important as to make history. It is an unchanging truth that if the writer does not remain true to the maker, then it takes on a quality that will confuse humanity. -- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome. -- Jane Austen

James Joyce is right about history being a nightmare-- but it may be that nightmare from which no one can awaken. People are trapped in history and history in trapped in them. -- James Baldwin

History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other. -- Arthur Balfour

Does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that’s too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion sandwich it swallowed centuries ago. -- Julian Barnes

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -- Peter Berger

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. -- Ambrose Bierce

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

One faces the future with one's past. -- Pearl S. Buck

From time to time historians need to be shocked. -- Peter Burke

History, a distillation of rumour. -- Thomas Carlyle

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. -- John Le Carré

History never repeats itself ,as most people fear. People usually repeat history. -- Divine Chikobvu

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -- Sir Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -- Winston Churchill

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it. -- Sir Winston Churchill

Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage. -- Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. -- Cicero

The history of woman is the history of the continued and universal oppression of one sex by the other. The emancipation of woman is her restoration to equal rights and privileges with man. -- Tennesse Claflin

History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation. -- Henry Steele Commager

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideasa place where history comes to life. -- Norman Cousins

History is a vast early warning system. -- Norman Cousins

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. -- Benjamin Disraeli

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth. -- E. L. Doctorow

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. -- Will Durant

Some people make headlines while others make history. -- Philip Elmer-DeWitt

All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is properly no history; only biography. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let’s forget the reunification, let’s just shut up and don't talk about that topic for the next 20 years. -- Joschka Fischer

Stalin was a guy like we are, not only that he considered himself a revolutionary and lived like one, but he was a character in the truest sense of the word ... We have finally to let out this psychological wreckage ... it is our and my darkest chapter, I know or better to say I suspect it, because I am extremely afraid of certain things that are inside of me. -- Joschka Fischer

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. -- Gustave Flaubert

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we made today. -- Henry Ford

History is more or less bunk. -- Henry Ford

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. -- Henry Ford

History never looks like history when you are living through it. -- John W. Gardner

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. -- Edward Gibbon

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past. -- Edward Gibbon

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought. -- Etienne Gilson

Patriotism ruins history. -- Goethe

The history of the past centuries and millennia has been a history of almost ubiquitous wars, and sometimes desperate battles, leading to mutual destruction. -- Mikhail Gorbachev

If you write a post and put it on a blog, that's a historical document. If you change your template, then that entry looks completely different. It's the same words, but not the same meaning. This all depends on what historical questions that people will be asking and we can't know what they will want. -- Josh Greenberg

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. -- David Ben Gurion

People always seemed to know half of history, and to get it confused with the other half. -- Jane Haddam

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. -- Alex Haley

The future is here, now, and the past is full of actual deeds, real history. Utopias hardly have the meat on their bones to sustain a people in grave times. -- Patricia Hampl

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. -- Thich Nhat Hanh

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles. -- George Wilhelm Hegel

What experience and history teach is this--that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. -- G. W. F. Hegel

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. -- James Joyce

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography. We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future. -- Paul Keating

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events. -- Gerda Lerner

What we do about history matters. The often repeated saying that those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them has a lot of truth in it. But what are 'the lessons of history'? The very attempt at definition furnishes ground for new conflicts. History is not a recipe book; past events are never replicated in the present in quite the same way. Historical events are infinitely variable and their interpretations are a constantly shifting process. There are no certainties to be found in the past. -- Gerda Lerner

I don't think one can accurately measure the historical effectiveness of a poem; but one does know, of course, that books influence individuals; and individuals, although they are part of large economic and social processes, influence history. Every mass is after all made up of millions of individuals. -- Denise Levertov

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom. -- Leonard Louis Levinson

Those who compare the age in which their lot has fallen with a golden age which exists only in imagination, may talk of degeneracy and decay; but no man who is correctly informed as to the past, will be disposed to take a morose or desponding view of the present. -- Thomas B. Macaulay

I am the son of two civilizations that at a certain age in history have formed a happy marriage. The first of these, seven thousand years old, is the Pharaonic civilization; the second, one thousand four hundred years old, is the Islamic civilization. -- Naguib Mahfouz

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this -- Karl Marx

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. -- Karl Marx

It is not "history" which uses men as a means of achieving -- as if it were an individual person -- its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends. -- Karl Marx

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given, and transmitted from the past. -- Karl Marx

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read. -- David McCullough

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. -- David C. McCullough

History is the myth, the true myth, of man's fall made manifest in time. -- Henry Miller

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. -- Benito Mussolini

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do. -- Benito Mussolini

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -- Napoleon

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the sound of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. -- Jawaharial Nehru

You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall. -- Jawaharlal Nehru

History has to move in a certain direction, even if it has to be pushed that way by neurotics. -- George Orwell

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that ... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. -- Louise Otto

Don't be misled by History, or any other unreliable source. -- Will Rogers

There is an awful lot of difference between reading something and actually seeing it, for you can never tell, till you see it, just how big a liar History is. -- Will Rogers

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -- George Santayana

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. -- George Santayana

The history of the world is the world's court of justice. -- Friedrich Von Schiller

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum. -- J. W. Schopf

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect. -- Sir Walter Scott

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. -- George Bernard Shaw

We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. -- George Bernard Shaw

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Nothing is in intellect which has not been in history, and everything that was in history should also be in intellect. -- Gustav Spet

Just because history is written by the victor does not necessarily mean that it is false. Therefore, revisionist history should always be suspect. Better still, all history should be suspect. -- Colonel Brian D. Perry Sr.

History shows that there are no invincible armies. -- Joseph Stalin

History is Philosophy teaching by examples. -- Thucydides

The subject of history is the life of peoples and of humanity. To catch and pin down in words--that is, to describe directly the life, not only of humanity, but even of a single people, appears to be impossible. -- Leo Tolstoy

A historian who would convey the truth must lie. Often he must enlarge the truth by diameters, otherwise his reader would not be able to see it. -- Mark Twain

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man's character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. -- Mark Twain

My goal is to help you understand what is "really" happening, the long energetic history that is just now being revealed. Then we will have the power to change things from the source, and the world itself will change. -- James Twyman

Well behaved women rarely make history. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

History is the science of what never happens twice. -- Paul Valery

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. -- Voltaire

History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again. -- Kurt Vonnegut

Future years will never know the seething hell and the black infernal background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the secession war; and it is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books. -- Walt Whitman

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. -- Oscar Wilde

It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life. ... Islam has also had moments of great splendor and decadence in the course of its history. -- Pope Benedict XVI

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