History Quotes and Sayings

On human stupidity: It is one of the most powerful forces that shape history.
– Yuval Noah Harari

If history is any indication, all truths will eventually turn out to be false.
– Dean Kamen

Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.
– David Ben Gurion

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.
Mason Cooley

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

Each one writes history according to his convenience.
– Jose Rizal

History has repeated itself many times throughout the ages.
– Billy Sheehan

The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history.
Vladimir Putin

Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand.
Karl Marx

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
Karl Marx

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
Karl Marx

Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled.
Karl Marx

Those of us who do not learn lessons from history will become assassins for the history that is yet to be recorded.
Ravish Kumar

History is the most dangerous product which the chemistry of the mind has concocted. Its properties are well known. It produces dreams and drunkenness. It fills people with false memories, exaggerates their reactions, exacerbates old grievances, torments them in their repose, and encourages either a delirium of grandeur or a delusion of persecution. It makes whole nations bitter, arrogant, insufferable and vainglorious.
Paul Valéry

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Thatcher

We had the 1st and 2nd world war, but if we gonna have the 3rd then God never gave wisdom to humans.
Sipho P Nkosi

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle

Forget about the history, make the history.

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.
George Santayana

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

History teaches us that war is not inevitable. Once again, it is for us to choose whether we use war or some other method of settling the ordinary and unavoidable conflicts between groups of men.

Aldous Huxley

History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.

Clarence Darrow

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

– Harry S Truman

Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
Alexander Pope

So much of history is mystery. We don’t know what is lost forever, what will surface again. All objects exist in a moment of time. And that fragment of time is preserved or lost or found in mysterious ways. Mystery is a wonderful part of life.
Amy Tan

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

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.
Victor Hugo

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
– Lord Acton

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

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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