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What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments the vices the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power.
William Paley Category: History
The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of governmental power not the increase of it. When we resist ... concentration of power we are resisting the powers of death because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.
Woodrow Wilson Category: History
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant Category: History
The worst thing about history is that every time it repeats itself the price goes up.
Pillar Category: History
Learning history is easy; learning its lessons seems almost impossibly difficult.
Nicholas Bentley Category: History
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
Dr. William Ralph Inge Category: History
History repeats itself and thats one of the things thats wrong with history.
Clarence Seward Darrow Category: History
I claim not to have controlled events but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
Abraham Lincoln Category: History
It has been said that though God cannot alter the past historians can; it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
Samuel Butler the Younger Category: History
History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Dionysius of Halicarnassus Category: History
Learn not only to find what you like learn to like what you find.
Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
Herbert George Wells Category: History
You cant make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All youre doing is recording it.
Art Buchwald Category: History
An historian should yield himself to his subject become immersed in the place and period of his choice standing apart from it now and then for a fresh view.
Samuel Eliot Morison Category: History
The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple. A good example of a simple technology with profound historical consequences is hay. Nobody knows who invented hay the idea of cutting grass in the autumn and stor
Freeman Dyson Category: History
One must always maintain ones connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
Gaston Bachelard Category: History
If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous he would without hesitation name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. [96–180 A.D.]
Edward Gibbon Category: History
Study men not historians.
Harry S. Truman Category: History
After youve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident it makes you wonder about history. How do we know for sure what ever happened anywhere?
Unknown Category: History
Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana Category: History
What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte Category: History
History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
Konrad Adenauer Category: History
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.
Wystan Hugh Auden Category: History
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
Aldous Huxley Category: History
Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted the indifference of those who should have known better the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie Category: History
A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass.
Proverb Category: History
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man not a history.
Henry Ford Category: History
History is not a web woven with innocent hands. Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men power is the most constant and most active.
Abigail Smith Adams Category: History
Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw Category: History
History does not repeat itself. Historians repeat each other.
Arthur James Lord Balfour Category: History
The past is a work of art full of irrelevancies and loose ends.
Sir Max Beerbohm Category: History
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: History
The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards.
Felix Frankfurter Category: History
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Category: History
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Category: History
Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.
Francis Bacon Category: History
Ah what a warning for a thoughtless man Could field or grove could any spot of earth Show to his eye an image of the pangs Which it hath witnessedrender back an echo Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod!
William Wordsworth Category: History
The great thing about History is that it is adaptable.
Peter Ustinov Category: History
History although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
Mark Yost Category: History
History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.
Lawrence Durrell Category: History
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
MatsuĂ¶ Basho Category: History
If past history was all there was to the game the richest people would be librarians.
Warren Buffett Category: History
History knows no resting places and no plateaus.
Henry Alfred Kissinger Category: History
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world so far justice is always in jeopardy.
Walt Whitman Category: History
The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Mark Twain Category: History
Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
Marian Wright Edelman Category: History
PREHISTORIC adj. Belonging to an early period and a museum. Antedating the art and practice of perpetuating falsehood.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Category: History
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg Category: History
History not used is nothing for all intellectual life is action like practical life and if you don't use the stuff well it might as well be dead.
Arnold Joseph Toynbee Category: History
History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
James Joyce Category: History
The men who make history have not time to write it.
Prince Klemens Wenzel Lothar Von Metternich Category: History
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
Thomas Hardy Category: History
Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
Virginia Woolf Category: History
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Agatha Christie Category: History
We have need of history in its entirety not to fall back into it but to see if we can escape from it.
Jose Ortega y Gasset Category: History
The farther backwards you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: History