History Quotes

In mass societies, myth takes the place of history.

William Bosenbrook

History is a great dust heap.

Thomas Carlyle

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

Albert Camus

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

David Shannon

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

Marc Bloch

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

Thomas Jefferson

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

Lord Acton

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

James Bryce

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

Cotton Mather

[History is] the doubtful story of successive events.


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

Lucien Febvre

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

Lord Acton

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

E. P. Thompson

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


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


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.


What distinguishes the historian from the collector of historical facts is generalization.

E. H. Carr

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

Romain Rolland

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

Ernst Troeltsch

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

R. G. Collingwood

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

James Baldwin

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

John Andrew Rice

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

Edmund Carpenter

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

Hans-Georg Gadamer

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