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HISTORY
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History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
  [Fr., L'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        L'Ingenu (X)

Anything but history, for history must be false.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

History is a romance that is believed; romance, a history that is not believed.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

All history is a lie!
      - Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

Oh, do not read history, for that I know must be false.
      - Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford,
        I, Walpoliana, no. CXLI

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
      - H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells)

Geologists complain that when they want specimens of the common rocks of a country, they receive curious spars; just so, historians give us the extraordinary events and omit just what we want,--the every-day life of each particular time and country.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

A cultivated reader of history is domesticated in all families; he dines with Pericles, and sups with Titian.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

History is a great painter, with the world for canvas, and life for a figure. It exhibits man in his pride, and nature in her magnificence,--Jerusalem bleeding under the Roman, or Lisbon vanishing in flame and earthquake. History must be splendid. Bacon called it the pomp of business. Its march is in high places, and along the pinnacles and points of great affairs.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

History presents the pleasantest features of poetry and fiction,--the majesty of the epic, the moving accidents of the drama, the surprises and moral of the romance. Wallace is a ruder Hector; Robinson Crusoe is not stranger that Croesus; the Knights of Ashby never burnish the page of Scott with richer lights of lance and armor than the Carthaginians, winding down the Alps, cast upon Livy.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

To study history is to study literature.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Those old credulities, to nature dear,
  Shall they no longer bloom upon the stock
    Of History.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Memorials of a Tour in Italy
         (IV, At Rome)

History itself is nothing more than legend and romance.
      - Thomas Wright (2)

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)


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