Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history.
Life is not simple, and therefore history, which is past life, is not simple.
But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding.
History, by appraising. ..[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.
History is not only a particular branch of knowledge, but a particular mode and method of knowledge in other branches.
The chief practical use of history is to deliver us from plausible historical analogies.
History is the narrative of great actions with praise or blame.
[History is] the doubtful story of successive events.
If History teaches any lesson at all, it is that there are no historical lessons.
History, to be above evasion or dispute, must stand on documents, not on opinions.
At a certain point one ceases to defend a certain view of history; one must defend history itself.
[History is a] costly and superfluous luxury of the understanding.
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the , consciousness of freedom.
History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man's ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.
History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.
History within itself cannot be transcended. ... In history itself there are only relative victories.
The value of history. ..is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.
People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
One ceases to be lonely only in recollection; perhaps that is why people read history.
History is full of delightful reversals, where the opposite of what one predicts comes true.
History does not belong to us; we belong to it.
History proves nothing because it contains everything.
Oppression is but another name for irresponsible power, if history is to be trusted.
Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it... The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding personality of all time, all history, both as Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything he ever said or did has value for us today and that is something you can say of no other man, dead or alive. There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject him.