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Historical Quotes: An Itinerary to the Past


Don't you wish you could go back and delete the World Wars, the natural disasters, the genocide, and the terror strikes from world history? Don't you wish you could bring back those leaders whose voice would inspire us even in the tumult and noise of today? Unfortunately, life does not give us a second chance but history often repeats itself. So read along and find the roots of the present in the past.

All the ancient histories, as one of our wits say, are just fables that have been agreed upon.

Winston Churchill
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.

Thomas Carlyle
History is a mighty drama, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.

Samuel Butler
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

Mark Twain
The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

Mahatma Gandhi
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

Edward R. Murrow
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

H. L. Mencken
Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.

John F. Kennedy
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

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

George Bernard Shaw
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.

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

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

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

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

David C. McCullough
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

Adrienne Rich
False history gets made all day, any day; the truth of the new is never on the news.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

E. L. Doctorow
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.

Etienne Gilson
History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.

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