History Quotes

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

History remembers only the brilliant failures and the brilliant successes.

Randolph S. Bourne

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 not narration' as Thierry thought, nor analysis as Guizot thought, it is resurrection.

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