History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.
It should be known that history is a discipline that has a great number of approaches.
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.
Imagination plays too important a role in the writing of history, and what is imagination but the projection of the author's personality.
There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life.
The deepest, the only theme of human history, compared to which all others are of subordinate importance, is the conflict of skepticism with faith.
History has become more important than ever because of the to unprecedented ability of the historical sciences to take in man's life on earth as a whole.
History is the enactment of ritual on a permanent and universal stage; and its perpetual commemoration.
History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.
History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.
It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
People always seemed to know half of history, and to get it confused with the other half.
The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that ... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.
History is the distillation of rumour.
History itself touches only a small part of a nation's life. Most of the activities and sufferings of the people ... have been and will remain without written record.
[History is] not factual at all, but a series of accepted judgments.
Patriotism ruins history.
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.
History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this
History is the science of what never happens twice.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
In mass societies, myth takes the place of history.
History is a great dust heap.