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History quotes (56)

History not used is nothing for all intellectual life is action like practical life and if you don't use the stuff well it might as well be dead.
Arnold Joseph Toynbee   Category: History

I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: History

Learn not only to find what you like learn to like what you find.
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Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted the indifference of those who should have known better the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie   Category: History

You cant make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All youre doing is recording it.
Art Buchwald   Category: History

If past history was all there was to the game the richest people would be librarians.
Warren Buffett   Category: History

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
Thomas Hardy   Category: History

History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.
Lawrence Durrell   Category: History

History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus   Category: History

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
Matsuö Basho   Category: History

The past is a work of art full of irrelevancies and loose ends.
Sir Max Beerbohm   Category: History

Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
Virginia Woolf   Category: History

It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man not a history.
Henry Ford   Category: History

It has been said that though God cannot alter the past historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
Samuel Butler the Younger   Category: History

Learning history is easy; learning its lessons seems almost impossibly difficult.
Nicholas Bentley   Category: History

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

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
Dr. William Ralph Inge   Category: History

The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Felix Frankfurter   Category: History

The farther backwards you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: History

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Mark Twain   Category: History

Ah what a warning for a thoughtless man Could field or grove could any spot of earth Show to his eye an image of the pangs Which it hath witnessedrender back an echo Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod!
William Wordsworth   Category: History

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg   Category: History

The great thing about History is that it is adaptable.
Peter Ustinov   Category: History

The worst thing about history is that every time it repeats itself the price goes up.
Pillar   Category: History

The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and stor
Freeman Dyson   Category: History

Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana   Category: History

We have need of history in its entirety not to fall back into it but to see if we can escape from it.
Jose Ortega y Gasset   Category: History

An historian should yield himself to his subject become immersed in the place and period of his choice standing apart from it now and then for a fresh view.
Samuel Eliot Morison   Category: History

History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other.
Arthur James Lord Balfour   Category: History

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
James Joyce   Category: History

A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.
Proverb   Category: History

Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.
Francis Bacon   Category: History

History repeats itself and thats one of the things thats wrong with history.
Clarence Seward Darrow   Category: History

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Agatha Christie   Category: History

If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous he would without hesitation name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. [96–180 A.D.]
Edward Gibbon   Category: History

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: History

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: History

Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Herbert George Wells   Category: History

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world so far justice is always in jeopardy.
Walt Whitman   Category: History

The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of governmental power not the increase of it. When we resist ... concentration of power we are resisting the powers of death because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.
Woodrow Wilson   Category: History

History knows no resting places and no plateaus.
Henry Alfred Kissinger   Category: History

PREHISTORIC adj. Belonging to an early period and a museum. Antedating the art and practice of perpetuating falsehood.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: History

History although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
Mark Yost   Category: History

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Category: History

History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men power is the most constant and most active.
Abigail Smith Adams   Category: History

One must always maintain ones connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
Gaston Bachelard   Category: History

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

A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: History

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   Category: History

Study men not historians.
Harry S. Truman   Category: History

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments the vices the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power.
William Paley   Category: History

The men who make history have not time to write it.
Prince Klemens Wenzel Lothar Von Metternich   Category: History

After youve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident it makes you wonder about history. How do we know for sure what ever happened anywhere?
Unknown   Category: History

Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
Marian Wright Edelman   Category: History

Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.
Wystan Hugh Auden   Category: History

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
Aldous Huxley   Category: History