History is not melodrama, even if it usually reads like that.
[History is] little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.
[History is] little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
Anyone who is going to make anything out of history will, sooner or later, have to do most of the work himself. He will have to read, and consider, and reconsider, and then read some more.
History is not narration' as Thierry thought, nor analysis as Guizot thought, it is resurrection.
The only thing new in this world is the history that you don't know
Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart.
All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development
History is the ship carrying living memories to the future
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
[History] may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
The voice of history is often little more than the organ of hatred or flattery.
The course of History reflects a continual contest between limited, orderly processes of development and historical accident.
History would be an impossible area of human reflection if there were no recurrent attributes of human nature.
The doctrine of the absolute uniqueness of events in history seems nonsense.
"History" is the name we as human beings give to the horizon of consciousness within which we live.
Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature.
History has now been for the first time systematically considered, and has been found, like other phenomena, subject to invariable laws.
History is the most aristocratic of all literary pursuits, because it obliges the historian to be rich as well as educated.