History Quotes

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 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

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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