Friday, November 21, 2014

History quotes

"Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects." -- Herodotus

"If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." -- Pearl S. Buck

Some write a narrative of wars and feats,
Of heroes little known, and call the rant
A history.
--William Cowper

"All that the historians give us are little oases in the desert of time, and we linger fondly in these, forgetting the vast tracks between one and another that were trodden by the weary generations of men." -- John Alfred Spender

Woe unto the defeated,
whom history treads
into the dust.
--Arthur Koestler

"The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down." -- A. Whitney Brown

"It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts." -- Bill Vaughan

"History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make." -- Unknown

"It is not worthwhile to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man's character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible." -- Mark Twain

"History is the witness of time, the lamp of truth, the embodied soul of memory, the instructress of life, and the messenger of antiquity." -- Cicero

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