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

Happy people have no history.

— Leo Tolstoy


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

History is a bath of blood.

— William James


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