History Quotes

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

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

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Sonia Johnson

We of the genus Homo ride the logs that float down the Round river, and by a little judicious "burling" we have learned to guide their direction and speed. This feat entitles us to the specific appellation sapiens. The technique of burling is called economics, the remembering of old routes is called in history, the selection of new ones is called statesmanship, the conversation about oncoming rifles and rapids is called politics. Some of the crew aspire to burl not only their own blogs, but the whole flotilla as well. This collective bargaining with nature is called national planning.

Aldo Leopold

A people who are united and determined about its aim create history.

Vellupillai Pirapakaran

History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that.

Malcolm Muggeridge

A great demand today is that work should be interesting. This is a recent development in human history, and workers in field or factory over the centuries would have been greatly puzzled by it.

George Watson

Journalism is in fact history on the run.

Thomas Griffith

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man - if man is not enslaved by it.

Jonas Salk

The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.

Alfred A. Montapert

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

B. C. Forbes
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