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Quotes on History

Following are some intriguing quotes concerning the subject of history– some favorable, some not.

“Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child.”  (Cicero)

“History is more or less bunk.”  (Henry Ford)

“History is the lie commonly agreed upon.”  (Voltaire)

“History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.”  (Kahlil Gibran)

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”  (George Santayana)

“History is Philosophy teaching by examples.”  (Thucydides)

“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”  (Karl Marx)

“Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it.”  (Oscar Wilde)

“History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it.”  (Otto von Bismarck)

“General historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence–not detachment and objectivity.”  (Friedrich Nietzsche)

“The historian can learn much from the novelist.”  (Samuel Eliot Morrison)

“It is not the literal past, the ‘facts’ of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.”  (Brian Friel)

Source:  No Author listed.  “What is History?”  University of Northern FloridaAccessed May 19, 2013.

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