History, to be above evasion or dispute, must stand on documents, not on opinions.
At a certain point one ceases to defend a certain view of history; one must defend history itself.
[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.
History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.
History within itself cannot be transcended. ... In history itself there are only relative victories.
The value of history. ..is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.
People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
One ceases to be lonely only in recollection; perhaps that is why people read history.
History is full of delightful reversals, where the opposite of what one predicts comes true.
History does not belong to us; we belong to it.
History proves nothing because it contains everything.
What else can history teach us? Only the vanity of believing we can impose our theories on history. Any philosophy which asserts that human experience repeats itself is ineffectual.
A man rising in the world is not concerned with history; he is too busy making it. But a citizen with a fixed place in the community wants to acquire a glorious past just as he acquires antique furniture.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.
A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the sound of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death.
To look back upon history is inevitably to distort it.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
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