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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.

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

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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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Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. Abraham Lincoln

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History is but a confused heap of facts.

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

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

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God cannot alter the past, but historians can.

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Study men, not historians. Harry S. Truman

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Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip. Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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The main thing is to make history, not to write it. Otto von Bismarck

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

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

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

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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 more or less bunk. Henry Ford

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Agam Levi added Time after time, history ran over the luddites and romanticists, those who sought to restore the old and delay the new. And every time, history did it with faster, more reliable and more advanced vehicles.

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

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Our best history is still poetry. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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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

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To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine. Max Beerbohm

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History is the distillation of rumor. Thomas Carlyle

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People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke

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