The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that … women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves.
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.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
History has become more important than ever because of the to unprecedented ability of the historical sciences to take in man’s life on earth as a whole.
All history is but the lengthened shadow of a great man
People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
[History is] little else than a long succession of useless cruelties.
History is the present. That’s why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
A day like today is not a day for, sort of, soundbites, really – we can leave those at home – but I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders, I really do.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.
History is a great dust heap.
The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity – or it will move apart.
On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes.
In order to know such an amorphous being as man, Rousseau himself and his particular history are, in his view, more important than is Socrates quest for man in general or man in himself.
All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development
History does not belong to us; we belong to it.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
History is, in its essentials, the science of change. It knows and it teaches that it is impossible to find two events that are ever exactly alike, because the conditions from which they spring are never identical.
History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.
History, by appraising. ..[the students] of the past, will enable them to judge of the future.
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.
History has to be rewritten because history is the selection of those threads of causes or antecedents that we are interested in.
Destiny and history are untidy.
What then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon.
History is the self-consciousness of humanity.
On the breast of that huge Mississippi of falsehood called History, a foam-bell more or less is no consequence.
…the best secretary of state since Dean Acheson. I say that because he and Bush 41 had an incredibly tempestuous period in history, and they navigated through it with great success.
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
The course of History reflects a continual contest between limited, orderly processes of development and historical accident.
Why have you been so blind?Why have you never seen?The slave and master in one skinIs all your history, no more, no lessConfess! This is what you’ve been.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
The loss of historical memory is restored in the very place where one has lost it.
Our history is responsible for the differences in the South African way of life.
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.
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
History remembers only the brilliant failures and the brilliant successes.
The doctrine of the absolute uniqueness of events in history seems nonsense.
[History is] not factual at all, but a series of accepted judgments.
History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
Well behaved women rarely make history.
If I had succeeded, I would have been the greatest man known to history.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
The voice of history is often little more than the organ of hatred or flattery.
History is the enactment of ritual on a permanent and universal stage; and its perpetual commemoration.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.
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.
History is the science of what never happens twice.
History is now strictly organized, powerfully disciplined, but it possesses only a modest educational value and even less conscious social purpose.
Commerce is so far from being beneficial to Arts or to Empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their History shows, for the above Reason of Individual Merit being its Great Hatred. Empires flourish till they become Commercial & then they are scattered abroad to the four winds
History, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
The history of psychiatry rewrites itself so often that it almost resembles the self-serving chronicles of a totalitarian and slightly paranoid regime.
All the proliferating falsifications of what I and everyone I know experienced once in what it is now so convenient to call the “fifties” or “sixties,” as if life was really measured or lived in arbitrary decades, when the history books are sold like comix.
History will die if not irritated. The only service I can do to my profession is to serve as a flea.
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] the doubtful story of successive events.
[History] may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman.
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.
History a distillation of Rumour.