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History Quotes

Failure is impossible.

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.

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.

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

History is a vast early warning system.

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.

History is more or less bunk.

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.