Thursday, 10 January 2013


A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. - Robert A. Heinlein

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

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mahatma Gandhi

All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. - Anne Bronte

All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do. - Edwin H. Land

Anyone can look for history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store. - Robert Wieder

Construed as a means instead of an end, history is the weapon with which we defend the future against the past. - Lewis H. Lapham

Each day is a little bit of history. - Jose Saramago

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

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. - Robert Kenny

Happy nations have no history. - Belgian Proverb

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

History ... is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

History allows us to see the obvious – but unfortunately, not until it is too late. - Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

History can come in handy. If you were born yesterday, with no knowledge of the past, you might easily accept whatever the government tells you. But knowing a bit of history – while it would not absolutely prove the government was lying in a given instance – might make you sceptical, lead you to ask questions, make it more likely that you would find out the truth. - Howard Zinn

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. - Charles de Gaulle

History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust? - Washington Irving

History gets reinterpreted as time goes on. Many times, the participants are lost in the retelling of the story. - Buzz Aldrin

History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors and issues. - T. S. Eliot

History is a constant race between invention and catastrophe. - Frank Herbert

History is a relay of revolutions. - Saul Alinsky

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

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. -Ambrose Bierce

History is full of surprises. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

History is instructive. And what it suggests to people is that even if they do little things, if they walk on the picket line, if they join a vigil, if they write a letter to their local newspaper. Anything they do, however small, becomes part of a much, much larger sort of flow of energy. And when enough people do enough things, however small they are, then change takes place. - Howard Zinn

History is mainly a record of wars, and it has bequeathed the sorry fact that still nations devote more money to armies and navies than they do to education or the arts. - James Platt

History is more or less bunk. - Henry Ford

History is not a suicide note – it is a record of our survival. - Jeanette Winterson

History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. - Karl Marx

History is Philosophy teaching by example. - Unknown

History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it. - Walter Bagehot 

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. - Konrad Adenauer

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. - Cicero

History must repeat itself because we pay such little attention to it the first time. - Blackie Sherrod

History of mankind has been marked by progression and destruction. Everyone is duty bound to learn from the past and help shape the destiny of our future generations. - Unknown

History records the successes of men with objectives and a sense of direction. Oblivion is the position of small men overwhelmed by obstacles. - William H. Danforth

History repeats itself; historians repeat each other. - Phillip Guedala

History teaches us that man and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. - Abba Eban

History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. - Thomas Henry Huxley

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. - Maya Angelou

History… is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

History's like a story in a way: it depends on who's telling it. - Dorothy Salisbury Davis

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience! - George Bernard Shaw

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

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. - Aldous Huxley

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. - Aldous Huxley

The men who make history have not time to write it. - Metternich

There is properly no history; only biography. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it. - Unknown

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph. - Haile Selassie

We learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. - George Bernard Shaw

What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learnt anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. - George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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