History Quotes and Sayings

Those who understand history are condemned to watch other idiots repeat it.
– Peter Lamborn Wilson

A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.
Robert A. Heinlein

History written in pencil is easily erased, but crayon is forever.
– Emilie Autumn

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

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


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

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

The history of empires is the history of human misery.
Edward Gibbon

Patterns repeat themselves in history.
– Rick Riordan

You can’t be a full participant in our democracy if you don’t know our history.
– David McCullough


The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.
– Terence McKenna

History is no more fixed and dead than the future. The past is no further away than the last breath you took.
– Robin Hobb

What really happened doesn’t matter. What matters is how we agree to remember it.
– Leila Sales

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.
Oscar Wilde

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