History Quotes

The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.

Meridel Le Sueur

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

Harry S Truman

A page of history is worth a volume of logic.

O. W. Holmes

The supreme purpose of history is a better world.

Herbert Hoover

History without politics descends to mere Literature.

Sir John Robert Seely

In its amplest meaning History includes every trace and vestige of everything that man has done or thought since first he appeared on the earth.

James Harvey Robinson

History is still in large measure poetry to me.

Jakob Burckhardt

History is the science of what never happens twice.

Paul Valery

I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class.

Tim Robbins

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.

Ruth Benedict

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

Ronald Reagan

Photography has the capacity to provide images of man and his environment that are both works of art and moments in history

Cornell Capa

History is the most aristocratic of all literary pursuits, because it obliges the historian to be rich as well as educated.

Henry Adams

History has now been for the first time systematically considered, and has been found, like other phenomena, subject to invariable laws.

August Comte

Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature.

David Hume

"History" is the name we as human beings give to the horizon of consciousness within which we live.

Harvey Cox

The doctrine of the absolute uniqueness of events in history seems nonsense.

Crane Brinton

History would be an impossible area of human reflection if there were no recurrent attributes of human nature.

Willson H. Coates

The course of History reflects a continual contest between limited, orderly processes of development and historical accident.

H. Cord Meyer

The voice of history is often little more than the organ of hatred or flattery.

Edward Gibbon

History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.

George Santayana

[History] may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman.

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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