History Quotes

False history gets made all day, any day,the truth of the new is never on the news.

Adrienne Rich

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Ambrose Bierce

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

David Ben Gurion

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.

David McCullough

History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.

Etienne Gilson

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

George Wilhelm Hegel

History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.

Max Beerbohm

To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.

Roy P. Basler

Do not applaud me. It is not I who speaks to you, but history which speaks through my mouth.

Fustel de Coulanges

Writing intellectual history is like trying to nail jelly to the wall.

William Hesseltine

History is not the accumulation of events of every kind which happened in the past. It is the science of human societies.

Fustel de Coulanges

History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in.

O. W. Holmes, Jr.

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.

Gustave Flaubert

History is now strictly organized, powerfully disciplined, but it possesses only a modest educational value and even less conscious social purpose.

J. H. Plumb

The deepest, the only theme of human history, compared to which all others are of subordinate importance, is the conflict of skepticism with faith.


History is not melodrama, even if it usually reads like that.

Robert Penn Warren

[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.

Edward Gibbon

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.

Geoffrey Barraclough

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

David C. McCullough

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.

David C. McCullough

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.

Marge Piercy

History proves nothing because it contains everything.

Emil Cioran

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