History Quotes

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.

Voltaire

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

Hegel

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

Nietzsche

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.

Bosanquet

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

Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history.

Albert Camus

History is a great dust heap.

Thomas Carlyle

In mass societies, myth takes the place of history.

William Bosenbrook

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

Thomas Carlyle

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this

Karl Marx

Patriotism ruins history.

Goethe

[History is] not factual at all, but a series of accepted judgments.

Geoffrey Barraclough

History itself touches only a small part of a nation's life. Most of the activities and sufferings of the people ... have been and will remain without written record.

E. L. Wood word

History is the distillation of rumour.

Thomas Carlyle
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