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The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. Cicero

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A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. Robert A. Heinlein

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To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man. Mahatma Gandhi

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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

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The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies. James Anthony Froude

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Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.

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There is a history in all men's lives. William Shakespeare

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History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history. Clarence Darrow

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Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. G. K. Chesterton

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To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days. Plutarch

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History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal. Mark Twain

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The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius. E. M. Forster

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Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.

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Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend. Francis Bacon

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For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself. Winston Churchill

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The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. Buckminster Fuller

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Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. Abraham Lincoln

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More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. Woody Allen

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You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present. Hermann Hesse

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The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle. Eric Hoffer

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We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. George Washington

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It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment. Francis Bacon

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History is but a confused heap of facts.

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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. Cicero

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Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde

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Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time. Walter Raleigh

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

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The whole past is the procession of the present. Thomas Carlyle

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History is more or less bunk. Henry Ford

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Historians are prophets with their face turned backward. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. Napoleon Bonaparte

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History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable.

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The history of mankind is his character. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Robert F. Kennedy

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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx

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History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. Anatole France

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God cannot alter the past, but historians can.

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Our best history is still poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip. Ambrose Bierce

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History, is made up of the bad actions of extraordinary men and woman. All the most noted destroyers and deceivers of our species, all the founders of arbitrary governments and false religions have been extraordinary people; and nine tenths of the calamities that have befallen the human race had no other origin than the union of high intelligence with low desires. Thomas Babington Macaulay^! 1st Baron Macaulay

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In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history. Albert Camus

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For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future. Miguel de Cervantes

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Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles. Thomas Carlyle

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Human history in essence is the history of ideas. H. G. Wells

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And having wisdom with each studious year, in meditation dwelt, with learning wrought, and shaped his weapon with an edge severe, sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer. George Gordon Noel Byron^! 6th Baron Byron

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead. Voltaire

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History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten. George Santayana

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One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other. Victor Hugo

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Study men, not historians. Harry S. Truman

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An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. Ambrose Bierce