The pull, the attraction of history, is in our human nature. What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much is luck the deciding factor?
Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history.
The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.
History is a relay of revolutions.
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
I believe that we must maintain pride in the knowledge that the actions we take, based on our own decisions and choices as individuals, link directly to the magnificent challenge of transforming human history.
History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
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.
Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.
I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
History is merely gossip.
We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past.
The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.
History develops, art stands still.
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Patriotism ruins history.
History never looks like history when you are living through it.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
History is more or less bunk.
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
History has been the history of warfare.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history.
All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself.
If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.
Every historian discloses a new horizon.
We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
On human stupidity: It is one of the most powerful forces that shape history.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
Our history is not our destiny.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.
What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
I go into my library and all history unrolls before me.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.
Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
Study the past if you would define the future.
Study the past if you would define the future. I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
History passes the final judgment.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
More people are reading poetry now than at any time in the history of the human race.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
History can bring luck: this is what we can call optimism.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Unlike any other time in our history, we have to know that staying in school and getting an education is the most important thing you can do.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
One little person, giving all of her time to peace, makes news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.
History should be written as philosophy.
Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.
The 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 no longer strong.
False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.