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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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Assassinations has never changed the history of the world.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes , Source: Speech

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History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

Abba Eban Quotes , Source: in a speech in London

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A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Essays--History

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There is properly no history, only biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Essays--History

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History is more or less bunk.

Henry Ford Quotes , Source: in the "Chicago Tribune"

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The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, and misfortunes of mankind.

Edward Gibbon Quotes , Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (ch. III), (1776)

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And read their history in a nation's eyes.

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard (st. 16)

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The long historian of my country's woes.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. III, l. 142), (Pope's translation)

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Odyssey (bk. III, l. 142), (Pope's translation)

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Wit is the lowest form of humor.

Alexander Pope Quotes

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Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

H. G. Wells Quotes

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History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.

George Santayana Quotes

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Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been different.

Blaise Pascal Quotes

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The fate of a nation has often depended on the food or bad digestion of a prime minister.

Voltaire Quotes

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I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.

Henry Adams Quotes

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play on the dead.

Voltaire Quotes

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The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.

Voltaire Quotes

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

Mark Twain Quotes

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Anecdotes are the gleaming toys of history. The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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History: A distillation of rumor.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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History would be wonderful thing - if it were only true.

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.

Anon. Quotes

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History belongs to the winner.

Anon. Quotes

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