History Quotes

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.


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

Geoffrey Barraclough

History is the distillation of rumour.

Thomas Carlyle

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that ... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.

Louise Otto

People always seemed to know half of history, and to get it confused with the other half.

Jane Haddam

History is the ship carrying living memories to the future

Stephen Spender

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

Rudyard Kipling

It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible

Mark Twain

History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.

Henry Adams

History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.

A. L. Rowse

History is the enactment of ritual on a permanent and universal stage; and its perpetual commemoration.

Norman O. Brown

History has become more important than ever because of the to unprecedented ability of the historical sciences to take in man's life on earth as a whole.

Alfred Kazin

There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life.

Karl Popper

Imagination plays too important a role in the writing of history, and what is imagination but the projection of the author's personality.

Pieter Geyl

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.

Henry Ford

It should be known that history is a discipline that has a great number of approaches.

Ibn Khalduin of Tunis

History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.

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