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History, as it lies at the root of all science, is also the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature; his earliest expression of what can be called Thought.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--On History

In a certain sense all men are historians.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--On History

History, a distillation of rumor.
      - Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
         (pt. I, bk. VII, ch. V)

All history . . . is an inarticulate Bible.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Latter Day Pamphlets (405)

Happy the People whose Annals are blank in History-Books.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Life of Frederick the Great
         (bk. XVI, ch. I)

History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

There is no history worthy of attention but that of a free people; the history of a people subjected to despotism is only a collection of anecdotes.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

The Grecian history is a poem, Latin history a picture, modern history a chronicle.
      - Francois August Rene de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Not to know what happened before we were born is always to remain a child; to know, and blindly to adopt that knowledge as an implicit rule of life, is never to be a man.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

History is only a confused heap of facts.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

History is the witness of the times, the torch of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Not to know what happened before one was born is always to be a child.
  [Lat., Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (XXXIV)

History is a vast early warning system.
      - Norman Cousins

What more would you have? He has invented history.
  [Fr., Que voulez-vous de plus? Il a invente l'histoire.]
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand,
        said of Voltaire, who was accused by critics of lack of invention

The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples.
      - Dionysius of Heraclea, Ars Rhetorica
         (XI, 2, p. 212), (Tauchnitz edition)

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,

Truth is liable to be left-handed in history.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.
      - William James (Will) Durant

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
      - Abba Eban, in a speech in London

History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

The stop-watch of history is running. The race is on . . .
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

As for my own part, I care not for death; for all men are mortal, and though I be a mortal, yet I have as good a courage answerable to my place as ever my father had. I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything. I thank God I am endued with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat, I were able to live in any place in Christendom.
      - Elizabeth I,
        to a committee of Parliament, found in Chamberlain's "Sayings of Queen Elizabeth"

The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary. Thus compelled, the muse of history will utter oracles as never to those who do not respect themselves.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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