History Quotes

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

Kurt Vonnegut

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

Karl Marx

All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development

Friedrich Engels

All history is but the lengthened shadow of a great man

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.

Marge Piercy

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.

David C. McCullough

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

Harry S Truman

There is a history in all men's lives.

William Shakespeare

History is written by the victors.

Winston Churchill

Anyone who is going to make anything out of history will, sooner or later, have to do most of the work himself. He will have to read, and consider, and reconsider, and then read some more.

Geoffrey Barraclough

[History is] little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.

Edward Gibbon

[History is] little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.


History is not melodrama, even if it usually reads like that.

Robert Penn Warren

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 is now strictly organized, powerfully disciplined, but it possesses only a modest educational value and even less conscious social purpose.

J. H. Plumb

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

Gustave Flaubert

History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in.

O. W. Holmes, Jr.

History is not the accumulation of events of every kind which happened in the past. It is the science of human societies.

Fustel de Coulanges

Writing intellectual history is like trying to nail jelly to the wall.

William Hesseltine

Do not applaud me. It is not I who speaks to you, but history which speaks through my mouth.

Fustel de Coulanges

To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.

Roy P. Basler

History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.

Max Beerbohm
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