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History Quotes: “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” — Michael Crichton

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.

— Michael Crichton



History Quotes: “History is not was, it is.” — William Faulkner

History is not was, it is.

— William Faulkner


History Quotes: “History never repeats itself. Man always does.” — Voltaire

History never repeats itself. Man always does.

— Voltaire


History Quotes: “If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over.” — Isaac Asimov

If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over.

— Isaac Asimov


History Quotes: “History is an argument without end.” — Pieter Geyl

History is an argument without end.

— Pieter Geyl


History Quotes: “History does not belong to us; we belong to it.” — Hans-Georg Gadamer

History does not belong to us; we belong to it.

— Hans-Georg Gadamer


History Quotes: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” — Rudyard Kipling

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

— Rudyard Kipling


History Quotes: “History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” — Kurt Vonnegut

History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.

— Kurt Vonnegut


History Quotes: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” — Howard Zinn

You can’t be neutral on a moving train.

— Howard Zinn


History Quotes: “I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” — Marie Curie

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.

— Marie Curie



History Quotes: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — William Faulkner

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

— William Faulkner


History Quotes: “History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.” — W.H. Auden

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.

— W.H. Auden


History Quotes: “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


History Quotes: “History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.” — Terry Pratchett

History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.

— Terry Pratchett


History Quotes: “Happy people have no history.” — Leo Tolstoy

Happy people have no history.

— Leo Tolstoy


History Quotes: “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt


History Quotes: “There is no history of how bad became better.” — Henry David Thoreau

There is no history of how bad became better.

— Henry David Thoreau


History Quotes: “Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority.” — Jean Cocteau

Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority.

— Jean Cocteau


History Quotes: “The greatest historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level.” — Theodore Roosevelt

The greatest historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level.

— Theodore Roosevelt


History Quotes: “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” — Ernesto Che Guevara

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.

— Ernesto Che Guevara



History Quotes: “History is a bath of blood.” — William James

History is a bath of blood.

— William James


History Quotes: “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” — Mark Twain

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

— Mark Twain


History Quotes: “Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.” — William Butler Yeats

Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.

— William Butler Yeats


History Quotes: “The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” — William James

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

— William James


History Quotes: “All our knowledge is symbolic.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All our knowledge is symbolic.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


History Quotes: “You must always know the past, for there is no real Was, there is only Is.” — William Faulkner

You must always know the past, for there is no real Was, there is only Is.

— William Faulkner


History Quotes: “History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” — James Joyce

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.

— James Joyce


History Quotes: “History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley


History Quotes: “Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.” — Sigmund Freud

Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past.

— Sigmund Freud


History Quotes: “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.” — Indira Gandhi

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

— Indira Gandhi


History Quotes: “Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.” — Aldous Huxley

Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.

— Aldous Huxley


History Quotes: “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” — Margaret Mead

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.

— Margaret Mead


History Quotes: “The future has a way of arriving unannounced.” — George F. Will

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

— George F. Will


History Quotes: “All history was at first oral.” — Samuel Johnson

All history was at first oral.

— Samuel Johnson


History Quotes: “If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.” — George Eliot

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.

— George Eliot


History Quotes: “We had to do what we had to do – Britain is great again.” — Margaret Thatcher

We had to do what we had to do – Britain is great again.

— Margaret Thatcher


History Quotes: “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” — Frank Herbert

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

— Frank Herbert


History Quotes: “Never, ever rest on your laurels. Today’s laurels are tomorrow’s compost.” — Tom Peters

Never, ever rest on your laurels. Today’s laurels are tomorrow’s compost.

— Tom Peters


History Quotes: “Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.” — William Blake

Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

— William Blake


History Quotes: “All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.” — Theodore Roosevelt

All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune-make for a finer, nobler type of manhood.

— Theodore Roosevelt


History Quotes: “Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history.” — Albert Camus

Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history.

— Albert Camus

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