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AnonymousEach time history repeats itself, the price goes up.

—  Anonymous

AristotlePoetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Pierre de CoubertinHolding an Olympic Games means evoking history.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Georg Christoph LichtenbergPerhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

VoltaireHistory is only the pattern of silken slippers descending the stairs to the thunder of hobnailed boots climbing upward from below.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

NapoleonHistory is written by the winners.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonOnly give them history books. Men should read nothing else.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonWhat then is, generally speaking, the truth of history? A fable agreed upon.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillHistory will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillStudy history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThe whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that when nations are strong they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are often no longer strong.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Otto von BismarckPolitical judgment is the ability to hear the distant hoofbeats of the horse of history.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Karl MarxThe history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheWe cannot help but see Socrates as the turning-point, the vortex of world history.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerClio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Mark TwainHistory doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Ambrose BierceGod alone knows the future, but only an historian can alter the past.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Oscar WildeThe one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Niccolò MachiavelliAnyone who studies present and ancient affairs will easily see how in all cities and all peoples there still exist, and have always existed, the same desires and passions.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonThere is properly no history; only biography.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Niccolò MachiavelliEveryone who wants to know what will happen ought to examine what has happened: everything in this world in any epoch has their replicas in antiquity.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

CiceroTo be ignorant of the past is to be forever a child.

—  Cicero, 106-43 BC, Roman orator & statesman

Ronald ReaganHistory teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Samuel JohnsonIf a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Benjamin DisraeliRead no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Francis BaconThe age of antiquity is the youth of the world.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Jean CocteauI've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Paul ValeryThe history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Will DurantThose who know nothing about history are doomed forever to repeat it.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantHistory is mostly guessing, the rest is prejudice.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantThe South creates the civilizations, the North conquers them, ruins them, borrows from them, spreads them: this is one summary of history.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Joseph StalinHistory shows that there are no invincible armies and that there never have been.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

Anton ChekhovMankind has conceived history as a series of battles; hitherto it has considered fighting as the main thing in life.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Harry TrumanThe only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanThe Marshall Plan will go down in history as one of America's greatest contributions to the peace of the world.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanMen make history, not the other way around.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Margaret ThatcherEurope was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Karl MarxHegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as a tragedy, the second time as farce.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Gore VidalEverybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer


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