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History And Historians Quotes

Oscar Wilde
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
Oscar Wilde
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William Shakespeare
There is a history in all men's lives.
William Shakespeare
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Albert Camus
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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He is the purest figure in history. [About George Washington]
William Gladstone
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Francis Bacon
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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Alphonse De Lamartine,
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Alphonse De Lamartine,
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Sarah Jewett
It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance who knows what you know. I see so many new folks nowadays who seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation has got to have some root in the past, or else you have got to explain every remark you make, and it wears a person out.
Sarah Jewett
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While we read history we make history.
George Curtis
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Lord Byron
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.
Lord Byron
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Robert A. Heinlein
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert A. Heinlein
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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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Marcus Tullius Cicero
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.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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H. G. Wells
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells
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Mark Twain
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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Historians are left forever chasing shadows, painfully aware of their inability ever to reconstruct a dead world in its completeness however thorough or revealing their documentation. We are doomed to be forever hailing someone who has just gone around the corner and out of earshot.
Simon Schama
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H. G. Wells
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
H. G. Wells
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H. G. Wells
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our best history is still poetry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
James Froude
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Oliver Wendell Holmes
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Oliver Wendell
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
Oliver Wendell
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Otto Bismarck
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Otto Bismarck
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The history of mankind is his character.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Friedrich Schiller
Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.
Friedrich Schiller
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Francis Bacon
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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Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
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George Santayana
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
George Santayana
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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 Macaulay
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The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
Friedrich Hegel
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