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George Bernard Shaw:
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.

Georg Wilhelm Hegel:
What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles.

Henry Ford:
History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.

[History is] a useless heap of facts.
Lord Chesterfield

Happy people have no history.
Leo Tolstoy

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
Alexis de Tocqueville

History is neither written nor made without love or hate.
Theodor Mommsen

A mere compilation of facts presents only the skeleton of History; we do but little for her if we cannot invest her with life, clothe her in the habiliments of her day, and enable her to call forth the sympathies of succeeding generations.  ~Hannah Farnham Lee, The Huguenots in France and America

Edward Gibbon:
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
James Baldwin

The past is never dead; it's not even past.
Gavin Stevens (William Faulkner)

One ceases to be lonely only in recollection; perhaps that is why people read history.
John Andrew Rice

David Ben Gurion:
Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

God alone knows the future, but only an historian can alter the .past.
Ambrose Bierce

Peter Burke:
From time to time historians need to be shocked.

History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up.
Voltaire

[History is] a graveyard of aristocracies.
Vilfredo Pareto

It should be known that history is a discipline that has a great number of approaches.
Ibn Khaldun of Tunis

History is a science, no more and no less.
J. B. Bury

History is not a science; it is a method.
Charles Seignobos

History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.
A. L. Rowse

The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.
Mark Twain

History is a myth that men agree to believe.
Napoleon

History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.
Max Beerbohm

Oscar Wilde:
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.

Winston Churchill:
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.