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

George Bernard Shaw

Humanity takes itself too seriously. It's the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, history would have been different.

Oscar Wilde

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

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

The only thing new in this world is the history that you don't know.

Harry S Truman

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

Adolf Hitler

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.

Paul Eldridge

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 is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed.

Horace Walpole

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

History is philosophy learned from examples.


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.


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

J. W. Schopf

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


History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.

Ted Koppel

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

Konrad Adenauer

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.

Leonard Louis Levinson

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

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

John W. Gardner

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