History Quotes

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

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou

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.

Voltaire

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.

Goethe
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