History Proverbs

Sayings about History

History repeats itself. ~ Traditional Proverb

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters. ~ African Proverb

Live today for tomorrow it will all be history. ~ Traditional Proverb

History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make. ~ Saying

History is herstory, too. ~ Saying

Happy nations have no history. ~ Belgian Proverbs

Every day of your life is a page of your history. ~ Arabian Proverbs

Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up. ~ Saying

Quotations about History

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future. ~ Robert Heinlein

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman. ~ Willa Cather

A page of history is worth a pound of logic. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever. ~ Author Unknown

The men who make history have not time to write it. ~ Klemens Von Metternich

The pyramids, attached with age, have forgotten the names of their founders. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. ~ Gustave Flaubert

The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present. ~ Ernest Dimnet

History is the devil’s scripture. ~ Lord Byron

History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable. ~ Author Unknown

History contains little beyond a list of people who have accommodate themselves with other people’s property. ~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

History is the distillation of rumor. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Our best history is still poetry. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The whole past is the procession of the present. ~ Thomas Carlyle

History is more or less bunk. ~ Henry Ford

History is simply the version of past events that people have decided to agree on. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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

A land without ruins is a land without memories — a land without memories is a land without history. ~ Abram Joseph Ryan

You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present. ~ Hermann Hesse

History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead. ~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

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

History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes. ~ Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. ~ Anatole France

History is but a confused heap of facts. ~ Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield

History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history. ~ Clarence Darrow

Human history in essence is the history of ideas. ~ H.G. Wells

The main thing is to make history, not to write it. ~ Otto Von Bismarck

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H.G. Wells

While we read history we make history. ~ George William Curtis

History is a better guide than good intentions. ~ Jeane Kirkpatrick

The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves. ~ Marcus T. Cicero

The history of mankind is his character. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. ~ Friedrich Hegel

History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. ~ Edward Gibbon

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

History is so indifferently rich, that a case for almost any conclusion from it can be made by a selection of instances. ~ William J. Durant

There is a history in all men’s lives. ~ William Shakespeare

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. ~ William J. Durant

Suggested reading and resources : Lectures on the Philosophy of History : Book by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Lectures on the Philosophy of History originally given as lectures at the University of Berlin. ~ Preview book

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