HISTORY QUOTES IV

quotations about history

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

MAYA ANGELOU, On the Pulse of the Morning

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History repeats itself.

ENGLISH PROVERB

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History presents an historian with the task of producing a dialogue between the past and the present. But as these temporal co-ordinates cannot be fixed, history becomes a continuous interaction between the historian and the past.

DANA ARNOLD, Reading Architectural History

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

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

HORACE MANN, Thoughts

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

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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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

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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

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

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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

WALTER RALEIGH, preface, History of the World

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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

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The best historian lies like a mirror.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

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

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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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

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