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HISTORY
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A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--History

There is properly no history, only biography.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--History

All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.
      - Friedrich Engels

You cannot survive if you do not know the past.
      - Oriana Fallaci

Say, what do I care about Napoleon? What do we care what they did 500 or 1,000 years ago? I don't know whether Napoleon did or did not try to get across there and I don't care. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want traditoin. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.
  That's the trouble with the world. We're living in books and history and tradition. We want to get away from that and take care of today. We've done too much looking back. What we want to do and do it quick is to make just history right now.
      - Henry Ford,
        in the "Chicago Tribune", May 25, 1916, p. 10

All the historical books which contain no lies are extremely tedious.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

History is an Art and should be written with imagination.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

History maketh a young man to be old, without either wrinkles or gray hairs,--privileging him with the experience of age, without either the infirmities or inconveniences thereof.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy.
      - James Abram Garfield

History is constantly repeating itself, making only such changes of programme as the growth of nations and centuries requires.
      - James Abram Garfield

The world's history is a divine poem of which the history of every nation is a canto and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to the Christian philosopher and historian--the humble listener--there has been a divine melody running through the song which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come.
      - James Abram Garfield

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

The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, and misfortunes of mankind.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. III), (1776)

Sin writes histories, goodness is silent.
  [Ger., Das Uebel macht eine Geschichte und das Gute keine.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

That which history can give us best is the enthusiasm which it raises in our hearts.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Her ample page rich with the spoils of time.
      - Thomas Gray

And read their history in a nation's eyes.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 16)

What experience and history teaches us is that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
      - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

History shows that the majority of men who have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
      - Heinrich Heine

We will hereafter believe less history than ever, now that we have seen how it is made.
      - Don Herold

The long historian of my country's woes.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. III, l. 142), (Pope's translation)

History is but a kind of Newgate calendar, a register of the crimes and miseries that man has inflicted on his fellow-man.
      - Washington Irving

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
      - Henry James, Jr.

History has informed us that bodies of men as well as individuals are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny.
      - Thomas Jefferson

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
      - Thomas Jefferson


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