History Quotes

Stephen ambrose, d - day, page 577 - during the second world war, the germans took...
History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awaken.
James Joyce

Winston churchill, speech about world war ii - never in the course of history, have so many owed...
Regrets are idle yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
Charles Dudley Warne
The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but what takes place in our hearts.
Sir Arthur Keith
I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destiny of man.
Steven Runciman

A single event can shape our lives or change the course of history.
Deepak Chopra, The Return of Merlin
History is the ship carrying living memories to the future.
Stephen Spende
The essential matter of history is not what happened but what people thought or said about it.
Frederic William Maitland
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Plato
If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse.
Alvin Toffle
In history as in life it is success that counts. Start a political upheaval and let yourself be caught, and you will hang as a traitor. But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country.
Hendrik W. Van Loon
History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Henry St. John Bolingbroke
History is the unfolding of miscalculation.
Barbara Tuchman
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
Mahatma Gandhi
It is the minority that has stood in the vain of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
John B. Gough
Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price.
Robert Orben
News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day.
Gene Fowle
History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
James A. Forude
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
William H. Borah
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
Strike from mankind the principle of faith and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
Mark Beltaire
A strange thing is memory, and hope one looks backward, and the other forward one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Churchill
Those who don? t build must burn. It? s as old as history and juvenile delinquence.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.
Arnold J. Toynbee
Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
Mark Twain
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey
Most history is a record of triumphs, disasters, and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who made no nuisance of themselves in the world.
Philip Howard
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993
Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
Murray Edelman, _Politics as Symbolic Action_, p. 1
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
We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
R. D. Laing
The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men.
E. M. Cioran
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.
Christa McAuliffe
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant