Thursday, 10 January 2013


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 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 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, 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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