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

George Bernard Shaw

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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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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 Ghandi

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

Rudyard Kipling

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"The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes".

Adolf Hitler

History is the great dust-heap... a pageant and not a philosophy.

Augustine Birrell

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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

Henry David Thoreau

History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford and Nixon - See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Evil.

Bob Dole

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What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments, the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power.

William Paley

The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history.

Larry Summers

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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.


Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.

Jefferson Davis

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The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.


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


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

Konrad Adenauer

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government.

John Sharp Williams

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The vicissitudes of history, however, have not dissuaded them from their earnest search for a "third way" between socialism and capitalism, namely socialism.

Richard John Neuhaus

If history has ended, it has been stopped at remarkable cost to the average US citizen.

Ben Manski

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History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose.

John Lecarre

Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite ta a party.

Joan Crawford

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