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Topic: History Quotes - Famous History Quotes, Sayings
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
The Life of Reason.

When history looks back I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it.
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal

History is an amazing presence - it is a place where vanished time gathers. While we are in the flow of time, it is difficult to glean its significance, and it is only in looking back that we can recognise the hidden dimensions at work within a particular era or epoch.
John O'Donohue
Preface to John Skinner's translation of The Confession of Saint Patrick.

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

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we made today.
Henry Ford
Interview in Chicago Tribune, May 25, 1916.

I feel the hand of history on our shoulder in respect to this. I really do. I just think we need to acknowledge that and respond to it.
Tony Blair
Speaking during talks preceding the Good Friday Agreement or Belfast Agreement.

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist.

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

History says, Don't hope
on this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
the longed for tidal wave
of justice can rise up,
and hope and history rhyme.
Seamus Heaney
The Cure at Troy.

History never repeats itself. The historians repeat each other. There is a wide difference.
Oscar Wilde

History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw

I think if you have faith about these things then you realize that judgment is made by other people … If you believe in God, it's made by God as well. The only way you can make a decision like that is to try to do the right things, according to your conscience and, for the rest of it, you leave it to the judgment that history will make.
Tony Blair
Saying he will be judged by God and history on the war in Iraq, March 2006.

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.
J. W. Schopf

Some people make headlines while others make history.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
John W. Gardner

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
Pro Publio Sestio.

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
Oscar Wilde
The Critic as Artist.


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