Quotes on History

Quotes on History


I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. Patrick Henry


History is written by the winners. Alex Haley


The most unpredictable thing in the USSR is the past. Georgi Arbatov


Legend remains victorious in spite of history. Sarah Bernhardt


You only understand the present when it is past. Han Suyin


We are not makers of history. We are made by history. Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is a way to look at the past. Don’t hide from it. It will not catch you if you don’t repeat it. Pearl Bailey


The only thing new in this world is the history that you don’t know. Harry S Truman


The essential matter of history is not what happened but what people thought or said about it. Frederic William Maitland


The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible. Dorothea Lynde Dix


Someone said: “The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.” Precisely, and they are that which we know. T. S. Eliot


Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event. George Robert Gissing


We are the children of our age, but children who can never know their mother. Logan Pearsall Smith


If a man could say nothing against a character but what he could prove, history could not be written. Samuel Johnson


The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle


Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all; the conscientious historian will correct these defects. Herodotus


Men and nations do behave wisely, once all other alternatives have been exhausted. Abba Eban


Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you! Nikita S. Khrushchev, to Western ambassadors


The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there. L. P. Hartley


Why doesn’t the past decently bury itself, instead of sitting waiting to be admired by the present? D. H. Lawrence


History does not treat kindly those societies that diagnose their structural weaknesses only after those weaknesses have become irreversible. William J. Abernathy, Kim B. Clark, and Alan M. Kantrow


History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford


The history of the world is the history of a privileged few. Henry Miller


Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. H. G. Wells


History repeats itself; historians repeat each other. Philip Guedalla


History is a set of lies agreed upon. Napoleon Bonaparte


We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana


An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted. Arthur Miller

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