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History is not fable agreed upon, but truth disagreed upon.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

Myths ... collected like barnacles on history, obscuring the truth.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

History was not a matter of missing minutes on the tape. I did not stand helpless before it. I hewed to the texture of collected knowledge, took faith from the solid and availing stuff of our experience. Even if we believe that history is a workwheel powered by human blood--read the speeches of Mussolini--at least we've known the thing together. A single narrative sweep, not ten thousand wisps of disinformation.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

Every historian has described the age in which he happened to write, as the worst, because he has only heard of the wickedness of other times, but has felt and seen that of his own.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, Time Magazine, Oct. 6, 1952

History, with scarcely an exception, ought to be rewritten.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

The more we know of history, the less shall we esteem the subjects of it.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

History, we know, is apt to repeat itself, and to foist very old incidents upon us with only a slight change of costume.

GEORGE ELIOT, Janet's Repentance

Faithful, well-written history is a map, in which we trace the winding ways and manifold wonders of divine Providence.

JOHN THORNTON, Maxims and Directions for Youth

History is a vast dust-heap of falsehood with a few pennies of truth scattered through it.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

The great historian is he that can distinguish what is done from what happens.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

History hath triumphed over time, which beside it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.

WALTER RALEIGH, preface, History of the World

The phenomena of history should be so recorded as to aid the reader, and particularly the young reader, in discovering its philosophy, instead of being recorded as they have hitherto generally been, in such a way as to obliterate the better instincts of humanity.

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

The best historian lies like a mirror.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

History-writing is a way of getting rid of the past.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

A good knowledge of things past is an armour against events to come.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

He, therefore, that is dead to all the smiles and to all the frowns of the living, alone is equal to the hazardous task of writing a history of his own times, worthy of being transmitted to times that are to come.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

The historian's duty is to separate the true from the false, the certain from the uncertain, and the doubtful from that which cannot be accepted.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Longing on a large scale is what makes history.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

Each moment in history is a fleeting time, precious and unique. But some stand out as moments of beginning, in which courses are set that shape decades or centuries.

RICHARD NIXON, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1969

History, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

You know you're getting older when you notice that more and more history questions happened in your lifetime!

TOM WILSON, Ziggy, Jul. 3, 1999

History is a constant race between invention and catastrophe.

FRANK HERBERT, God Emperor of Dune

History. The more of it you have the more you have to live it. After a little while there gets to be too much of it to memorize and maybe that's when empires start to decline.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit is Rich

When you see a thing like that, a thing that becomes a newsreel, you begin to feel you are a carrier of some solemn scrap of history.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

Historians exercise great power and some of them know it. They recreate the past, changing it to fit their own interpretations. Thus, they change the future as well.

FRANK HERBERT, Heretics of Dune

He who thoroughly understands the present epoch, must have reproduced, and lived through, in his private experience, all the religions, dispensations, and civilizations that preceded it.

WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, Remarks on the Science of History

History, with its hard spine & dog-eared
Corners, will be replaced with nuance,
Just like the dinosaurs gave way
To mounds and mounds of ice.

TRACY K. SMITH, "Sci-Fi"

History allows us to see the obvious -- but unfortunately, not until it is too late.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Atreides

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