History Quotes

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

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

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

George Wilhelm Hegel

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

The history of the world is the world's court of justice.

Friedrich Von Schiller

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.

Etienne Gilson

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.

E. L. Doctorow

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.

David McCullough

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

David Ben Gurion

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce

False history gets made all day, any day,the truth of the new is never on the news.

Adrienne Rich

Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the underlying causes of global warming.

Al Gore

Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.

Julio Cortazar

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

Mark Twain

There is this long, wonderful history of the human race written in blood. We have this tendency to just take what we want. And that's how we treat the natural world as well. There's this sense of we're here, we're big, we've got the guns, we've got the technology, therefore we're entitled to every damn thing on this planet. That's not how it works and we're going to find out the hard way if we don't kind of wise up and start seeking a life that's in balance with the natural life on Earth.

James Cameron

Life is meaningless without the considerations of faith, love and inherited history in our nation.

Saddam Hussein

Name me any liquid except our own blood that flows more intimately and incessantly through the labyrinth of symbols we have conceived to make our status as human beings, from the rudest peasant festival to the mystery of the Eucharist. To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history

Clifton Fadiman
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