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What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once.

Virginia Woolf Quotes

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What is history but a fable agreed upon?

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

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We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.

Tony Blair Quotes

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History doesn't repeat itself - at best it sometimes rhymes

Mark Twain Quotes

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And history with all her volumes vast, Hath but one page.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 108)

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Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world...

James Knox Polk Quotes

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History is fond of her grandchildren, for it offers them the marrow of the bones, which the previous generation had hurt its hands in breaking.

Nikolai Gavrilovich Chernyshevsky Quotes

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Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.

Bertolt Brecht Quotes

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History is a pageant, not a philosophy.

Augustine Birrell Quotes , Source: Obiter Dicta--The Muse of History

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We talked for a few more minutes and then the president turned to the vice president and said he'd just narrowed the candidates to one. And my 31-year naval career flew out the window.

Adm Stansfield Turner Quotes

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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death

Robert Fulghum Quotes

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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

Robert Francis Kennedy Quotes

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Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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I have read somewhere or other, in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think, that history is philosophy teaching by examples.

Henry St. John Bolingbroke Quotes , Source: On the Study and Use of History (letter 2)

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The dignity of history.

Henry St. John Bolingbroke Quotes , Source: On the Study and Use of History (letter V)

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All history is a Bible--a thing stated in words by me more than once.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: quoted in Froude's "Early Life of Carlyle"

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Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Cromwell's Letter and Speeches--Introduction (ch. I)

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History is the essence of innumerable Biographies.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--On History

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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--On History

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In a certain sense all men are historians.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--On History

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History, a distillation of rumor.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: French Revolution (pt. I, bk. VII, ch. V)

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All history . . . is an inarticulate Bible.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Latter Day Pamphlets (405)

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Happy the People whose Annals are blank in History-Books.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Life of Frederick the Great (bk. XVI, ch. I)

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What more would you have? He has invented history. [Fr., Que voulez-vous de plus? Il a invente l'histoire.]

Madame Marie Anne du Deffand Quotes , Source: said of Voltaire, who was accused by critics of lack of invention

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The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples.

Dionysius of Heraclea Quotes , Source: Ars Rhetorica (XI, 2, p. 212), (Tauchnitz edition)

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