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History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
There is a history in all men's lives.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
The history of mankind is his character.
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.
A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Might does not make right, it only makes history.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
Our best history is still poetry.
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
History is the devil's scripture.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
Study men, not historians.
The men who make history have not time to write it.
History tells us more than we want to know about what is wrong with man, and we can hardly turn a page in the daily press without learning the specific time, place, and name of evil. But perhaps the most pervasive evil of all rarely appears in the news. This evil, the waste of human potential, is particularly painful to recognize for it strikes our parents and children, our friends and brothers, ourselves.
History is a better guide than good intentions.
Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.
The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
While we read history we make history.
What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
The whole past is the procession of the present.
Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.
The Thames is liquid history.
From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.
An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
Caesar had perished from the world of men, had not his sword been rescued by his pen.
History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable.
Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -- ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.
Historians are left forever chasing shadows, painfully aware of their inability ever to reconstruct a dead world in its completeness however thorough or revealing their documentation. We are doomed to be forever hailing someone who has just gone around the corner and out of earshot.
Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time.
However gradual the course of history, there must always be the day, even an hour and minute, when some significant action is performed for the first or last time.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do.
I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy.
Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist.
History, is made up of the bad actions of extraordinary men and woman. All the most noted destroyers and deceivers of our species, all the founders of arbitrary governments and false religions have been extraordinary people; and nine tenths of the calamities that have befallen the human race had no other origin than the union of high intelligence with low desires.
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Great abilities are not requisite for an Historian; for in historical composition, all the greatest powers of the human mind are quiescent. He has facts ready to his hand; so there is no exercise of invention. Imagination is not required in any degree; only about as much as is used in the lowest kinds of poetry. Some penetration, accuracy, and coloring, will fit a man for the task, if he can give the application which is necessary.
It does seem so pleasant to talk with an old acquaintance who knows what you know. I see so many new folks nowadays who seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation has got to have some root in the past, or else you have got to explain every remark you make, and it wears a person out.
You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present.
He is the purest figure in history. [About George Washington]
History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
History is more or less bunk.
I can see only one safe rule for the historian: that he should recognize in the development of human destinies the play of the contingent and the unforeseen.
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.
The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.
History is but a confused heap of facts.
History is the distillation of rumor.
In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
And having wisdom with each studious year, in meditation dwelt, with learning wrought, and shaped his weapon with an edge severe, sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer.
People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.
Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip.
To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.