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The Best Quotes About History And Historians 

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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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There is a history in all men's lives. William Shakespeare
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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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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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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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History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history. Clarence Darrow
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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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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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Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.
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Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. Abraham Lincoln
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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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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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History is but a confused heap of facts.
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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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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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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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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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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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The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. Buckminster Fuller
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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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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx
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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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God cannot alter the past, but historians can.