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Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye.
      - Thomas Jefferson

All history was at first oral.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We must consider how very little history there is--I mean real, authentic history. That certain kings reigned and certain battles were fought, we can depend upon as true; but all the coloring, all the philosophy, of history is conjecture.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

History needs distance, perspective. Facts and events which are too well attested cease, in some sort, to be malleable.
      - Joseph Joubert

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battles or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
      - John Maynard Keynes

If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.
      - William Lyon Mackenzie King,
        in a speech to the Canadian House of Commons

History knows no resting place and no plateaus.
      - Henry Kissinger

History is neither more nor less than biography on a large scale.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

History teaches everything, even the future.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

The impartiality of history is not that of the mirror, which merely reflects objects, but of the judge, who sees, listens, and decides.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

History teaches us hope.
      - Robert E. Lee

Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We . . . will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.
      - Abraham Lincoln

I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
      - Abraham Lincoln

What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way.
      - Abraham Lincoln

All history, of course, is the history of wars.
      - Penelope Lively

The history of the past is a mere puppet-show. A little man comes out and blows a little trumpet, and goes in again. You look for something new, and lo! another little man comes out, and blows another little trumpet, and goes in again. And it is all over.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

History casts its shadow far into the land of song.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Outre-Mer--Ancient Spanish Ballads

They who live in history only seemed to walk the earth again.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Belfry of Bruges (st. 9)

History is clarified experience.
      - James Russell Lowell

A Grecian history, perfectly written should be a complete record of the rise and progress of poetry, philosophy, and the arts.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

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