History Quotes

[America is] a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.

Theodore Parker

Oppression is but another name for irresponsible power, if history is to be trusted.

William Pinkney

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell

Thomas Merton

History proves nothing because it contains everything.

Emil Cioran

History does not belong to us; we belong to it.

Hans-Georg Gadamer

History is full of delightful reversals, where the opposite of what one predicts comes true.

Edmund Carpenter

One ceases to be lonely only in recollection; perhaps that is why people read history.

John Andrew Rice

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.

James Baldwin

The value of history. ..is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.

R. G. Collingwood

History within itself cannot be transcended. ... In history itself there are only relative victories.

Ernst Troeltsch

History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.

Romain Rolland

History is the recital of facts represented as true. Fable, on the other hand, is the recital of facts represented as fiction. The history of man's ideas is nothing more than the chronicle of human error.


The history of the world is none other than the progress of the , consciousness of freedom.


[History is a] costly and superfluous luxury of the understanding.


At a certain point one ceases to defend a certain view of history; one must defend history itself.

E. P. Thompson

History, to be above evasion or dispute, must stand on documents, not on opinions.

Lord Acton

If History teaches any lesson at all, it is that there are no historical lessons.

Lucien Febvre

[History is] the doubtful story of successive events.


History is the narrative of great actions with praise or blame.

Cotton Mather

The chief practical use of history is to deliver us from plausible historical analogies.

James Bryce

History is not only a particular branch of knowledge, but a particular mode and method of knowledge in other branches.

Lord Acton

History, by appraising. ..[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.

Thomas Jefferson

But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding.

Marc Bloch

Life is not simple, and therefore history, which is past life, is not simple.

David Shannon
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