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273 History Quotes

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 repeats itself; historians repeat each other.

Philip Guedalla 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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We learn nothing from history except that we learn nothing from history.

Anon. Quotes

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Qualities absolutely necessary for a historian: (1) Imagination. (2) Prejudice. (3) The power of writing your own biography at the same time.

Mary Coleridge Quotes

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History's like a story in a way: it depends on who's telling it.

Dorothy Salisbury Davis Quotes

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Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.

Phillip Guedalla Quotes

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History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.

Phillip Guedala Quotes

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All history, of course, is the history of wars.

Penelope Lively Quotes

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Give the historians something to write about.

Propertius Quotes

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