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There is nothing that solidifies and strengthens a nation like reading of the nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books, or embodied in customs, institutions, and monuments.
      - Joseph Anderson

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history, for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
      - Aristotle

Each generation gathers together the imperishable children of the past, and increases them by new sons of light, alike radiant with immortality.
      - George Bancroft

It is when the hour of the conflict is over that history comes to a right understanding of the strife, and is ready to exclaim, "Lo, God is here, and we knew him not!"
      - George Bancroft

More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations.
      - John Barth

1. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
  2. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
    3. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
      4. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
      - Charles Austin Beard,
        his summary of the lessons of history, in "Reader's Digest," February, 1941

The lessons of history? There are four: The bee fertilizes the flower it robs; whom the gods would destroy they first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind small; when it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
      - Charles Austin Beard

Happy is the nation without a history.
      - Marchese de Cesare Bonesana di Beccaria,
        Trattato dei Delitti e delle Pene (Treatise of Crimes and of Punishment)

The mystery of history is an insoluble problem.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Legend remains victorious in spite of history.
      - Sarah Bernhardt

History is a pageant, not a philosophy.
      - Augustine Birrell,
        Obiter Dicta--The Muse of History

History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it.
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

I have read somewhere or other, in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think, that history is philosophy teaching by examples.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John,
        On the Study and Use of History
         (letter 2)

The dignity of history.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John,
        On the Study and Use of History
         (letter V)

Truth comes to us from the past, as gold is washed down from the mountains of Sierra Nevada, in minute but precious particles, and intermixed with infinite alloy, the debris of the centuries.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

All history must be mobilized if one would understand the present.
      - Fernand Braudel

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
      - Warren Buffett

What want these outlaws conquerors should have
  But History's purchased page to call them great?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 48)

And history with all her volumes vast,
  Hath but one page.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 108)

All history is a Bible--a thing stated in words by me more than once.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        quoted in Froude's "Early Life of Carlyle"

At the bottom there is no perfect history; there is none such conceivable. All past centuries have rotted down, and gone confusedly dumb and quiet.
      - Thomas Carlyle

History is a mighty drama, enacted upon, the theatre of time, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.
      - Thomas Carlyle

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

Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Cromwell's Letter and Speeches--Introduction
         (ch. I)

History is the essence of innumerable Biographies.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--On History

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