History Quotes SMS Collection

It might be a good idea if

It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people

Civilization is a stream with banks the

Civilization is a stream with banks.  The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually

History is the record of what one

History is the record of what one age finds worthy of note in another.  ~Jacob Burckhardt, quoted in The Holocaust and the Historians by

Some historians hold that history is just

[Some historians hold that history] is just one damned thing after another.  ~Arnold ToynbeeSH

History maketh a young man to be

History maketh a young man to be old, without either wrinkles or gray hairs; priviledging him with the experience of age, without either the

Even the most painstaking history is a

Even the most painstaking history is a bridge across an eternal mystery.  ~Bruce Catton, Prefaces to HistorySH

Princes should have more to fear from

Princes should have more to fear from historians than have ugly women from great painters.  ~Antonio Pérez, AforismosSH

History is politics projected into the past

History is politics projected into the past.  ~M.N. Pokrovsky, quoted in Historians and the Holocaust by Dawidowicz; SH

A nation that forgets its past can

A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.  ~David McCullough, quoted in Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along

History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with

The effects of human wickedness are written

The effects of human wickedness are written on the page of history in characters of blood: but the impression soon fades away; so more

History is the myth true of mans

History is the myth, the true myth, of man’s fall made manifest in time.  ~Henry Miller, PlexusSH

History is the story of events with

History is the story of events, with praise or blame.  ~Cotton Mather, Selections from Cotton Mather by Kenneth B. Murdock, ed.; SH

History is a melodrama on the theme

[H]istory is a melodrama on the theme of parasitism, characterized by scenes that are exciting or dull, as the case may be, and many

History attempts to provide society with an

History attempts to provide society with an artificial collective memory.  ~Mark M. Krug, History and the Social SciencesSH

History is the sextant of states which

[H]istory is the sextant of states which, tossed by wind and current, would be lost in confusion if they could not fix their position. 

History a collection of epitaphs elbert hubbard

History:  a collection of epitaphs.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft DictionarySH

Legend a lie that has attained the

Legend:  A lie that has attained the dignity of age.  ~H.L. Mencken

This is my history like all other

This is my history; like all other histories, a narrative of misery.  ~Samuel Johnson, letter to Bennet Langton, 25 Aug 1784; SH

History is past politics and politics present

History is past politics, and politics present history.  ~John Robert Seeley, The Growth of British PolicySH

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.  ~Paul Eldridge, Maxims for a Modern ManSH

When a history book contains no lies

When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious.  ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre BonnardSH

Perhaps nobody has changed the course of

Perhaps nobody has changed the course of history as much as the historians.  ~Franklin P. Jones, quoted in Reader’s Digest, September 1958; SH

Unlike poetry and music the art of

Unlike poetry and music, the art of history is cumulative.  ~John Clive, Not By Fact AloneSH

The challenge of history is to recover

The challenge of history is to recover the past and introduce it to the present.  ~David Thelen, Memory and American History, Journal of American

History knows that it can wait for

History knows that it can wait for more evidence and review its older verdicts; it offers an endless series of courts of appeal, and

History is the discipline closest to life

History is the discipline closest to life; and life is rarely free of contradictions.  ~Karl J. Weintraub, Visions of CultureSH

Man is an historical animal with a

Man is an historical animal, with a deep sense of his own past; and if he cannot integrate the past by a history explicit

History like thermodynamics wont let you out

History, like thermodynamics, won’t let you out.  ~Ira Haron

More historys made by secret handshakes than

More history’s made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations.  ~John Barth, The Sot-Weed FactorSH

It is pleasant to be transferred from

It is pleasant to be transferred from an office where one is afraid of a sergeant-major into an office where one can intimidate generals,

People tend to forget that the word

People tend to forget that the word "history" contains the word "story".  ~Ken Burns

The game of history is usually played

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.  ~Eric Hoffer,

History in general only informs us what

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.  ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Narvell, 1807; SH

Whosoever in writing a modern history shall

Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may haply strike out his teeth.  ~Walter Raleigh, History of

Our history is every human history a

Our history is every human history; a black and gory business, with more scoundrels than wise men at the lead, and more louts than

The great eventful present hides the past

The great eventful Present hides the Past; but through the din Of its loud life hints and echoes from the life behind steal in.

Most history is guessing and the rest

Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.  ~Will and Ariel Durant, Our Oriental HeritageSH

Wars usually have the effect of speeding

Wars usually have the effect of speeding up the process of history.  ~Pieter Geyl, Debates With HistoriansSH

History is nothing but a problem of

History is nothing but a problem of mechanics applied to psychology.  ~Hippolyte Taine, quoted in History of Historical Writing by ThompsonSH

As geography without history seemeth a carkasse

As Geography without History seemeth a carkasse without motion; so History without Geography wandreth as a Vagrant without a certaine habitation.  ~John Smith, quoted

If the past has been an obstacle

If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation.  ~John Acton, Inaugural

The memories of men are too frail

The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.  ~John Still, The Jungle TideSH

Professor johnston often said that if you

Professor Johnston often said that if you didn’t know history, you didn’t know anything.  You were a leaf that didn’t know it was part

History portrays everything as if it could

History portrays everything as if it could not have come otherwise.  History is on the side of what happened.  ~Elias Canetti, The Human ProvinceSH

The study of history is the playground

The study of history is the playground of patriotism.  ~George M. Wrong, Review of Public Opinion on the Teaching of History in the United

Historians are gossips who tease the dead

Historians are gossips who tease the dead.  ~Voltaire, Scribbling BooksSH

That is the triumph of history

[T]hat is the triumph of history – truth absolute is not at hand; the original with which to match the copy does not exist. 

History is a cyclic poem written by

History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man.  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

The historian and the detective have much

[T]he historian and the detective have much in common.  ~Mark M. Krug, History and the Social SciencesSH

History gossip well told elbert hubbard the

History:  gossip well told.  ~Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft DictionarySH

The future is dark the present burdensome

The future is dark, the present burdensome.  Only the past, dead and buried, bears contemplation.  ~G.R. Elton, The Practice of HistorySH

The day before yesterday always has been

The day before yesterday always has been a glamour day.  The present is sordid and prosaic.  Time colors history as it does a meerschaum

History is a nightmare from which i

History… is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.  ~James Joyce, UlyssesSH

History is indeed little more than the

History… is, indeed, little more than the register of the ‘crimes, follies, and misfortunes’ of mankind.  But what experience and history teach is this

No one can really know the life

No one can really know the life of his own day, let alone that of times long past.  Always the historian sees as in

I dont know much about history and

I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world.  History is more or less

A look at the past reminds us

A look at the past reminds us of how great is the distance, and how short, over which we have come.  The past makes

The past actually happened but history is

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.  ~A. Whitney Brown, The Big Picture

And how fascinating history is the

And how fascinating history is – the long, variegated pageant of man’s still continuing evolution of this strange planet, so much the most interesting

The obscurest epoch is today robert louis

The obscurest epoch is today.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson, Across the PlainsSH

The historian has been the hearth at

The historian has been the hearth at which the soul of the country has been kept alive.  ~John Morley, Notes on Politics and HistorySH

The dead hand has too long hampered

The dead hand has too long hampered the freedom of the living.  ~James Robertson, Report to Presbyterian Assembly, 1895; SH

Man simply cannot live as the time animal

Man simply cannot live as the time-animal and the art-animal that he is, without history.  ~Carlton J.H. Hayes, Some Uses and Abuses of History,

History is a jangle of accidents blunders

History is a jangle of accidents, blunders, surprises and absurdities, and so is our knowledge of it, but if we are to report it

History fades into fable fact becomes clouded

History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet:  the statue falls from the pedestal.  Columns,

People think too historically they are always

People think too historically.  They are always living half in a cemetery.  ~Aristide BriandSH

Neither a wise man nor brave lies

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to

History is the sum total of things

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.  ~Konrad Adenauer, quoted in Kansas City Times, 9 Dec 1976SH

All that the historians give us are

All that the historians give us are little oases in the desert of time, and we linger fondly in these, forgetting the vast tracks

History is concerned primarily with human phenomena

History is concerned primarily with human phenomena, not with natural; and history is doubly human because, as an idea, it is man’s creation, challenging

History like a vast river propels logs

History, like a vast river, propels logs, vegetation, rafts, and debris; it is full of live and dead things, some destined for resurrection; it

History studies not just facts and institutions

History studies not just facts and institutions, its real subject is the human spirit.  ~Fustel de Coulange, La Cité antique, 1864WLBUQ

Isnt it amazing the way future succeeds

Isn’t it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past?  ~John LeonardFD

The real history does not get written

The real history does not get written, because it is not in people’s brains but in their nerves and vitals.  ~Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues

Perhaps history is a thing that would

Perhaps history is a thing that would stop happening if God held His breath, or could be imagined as turning away to think of

History being the record of human action

History being the record of human action is a richly variegated material, and it is not easy to give a true impression of the

We are never completely contemporaneous with our

We are never completely contemporaneous with our present.  History advances in disguise; it appears on stage wearing a mask of the preceding scene, and

The writing of histories as goethe

The writing of histories – as Goethe once noted – is one way of getting rid of the weight of the past…. The writing

History paints the human heart napoleon i

History paints the human heart.  ~Napoleon I, quoted in Napoleon by H.A.L. Fisher; SH

History is merely gossip oscar wilde lady

History is merely gossip.  ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s FanSH

History is that terrible mill in which

[History is] that terrible mill in which sawdust rejoins sawdust.  ~Edith SitwellSH

History is a damn dim candle over

[History is] a damn dim candle over a damn dark abyss.  ~W. Stull HoltSH

Too many historical writers are the votaries

Too many historical writers are the votaries of cults, which, by definition are dedicated to whitewashing warts and hanging halos.  ~Thomas A. Bailey, The

The past is really almost as much

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.  ~Jessamyn West

History is an aggregation of truths half truths

History… is an aggregation of truths, half-truths, semi-truths, fables, myths, rumors, prejudices, personal narratives, gossip, and official prevarications.  It is a canvas upon which

A recorded past is no more than

A recorded past is no more than a bygone present composed of the footprints made by human beings actually going somewhere but not knowing

History an account mostly false of events

History:  An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The

One of the deepest impulses in man

One of the deepest impulses in man is the impulse to record, – to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary,

It is part of my creed that

It is part of my creed that the only poetry is history, could we tell it right.  ~Thomas Carlyle, letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson,

History is a mixture of error and

[History is a] mixture of error and violence.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, quoted in Between Past and Future by Hannah Arendt; SH

If you think have it tough read

If you think you have it tough, read history books. ~Bill Maherrdqq8.11

It takes a great deal of history

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.  ~Henry James, Life of Nathaniel HawthorneSH

History is full of the dead weight

History is full of the dead weight of things which have escaped the control of the mind, yet drive man on with a blind

It is striking how history when resting

It is striking how history, when resting on the memory of men, always touches the bounds of mythology.  ~Leopold von Ranke, History of the

Sin writes histories goodness is silent johann

Sin writes histories, goodness is silent.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Table – TalkSH

The unrecorded past is none other than

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.  ~Barbara Tuchman, quoted

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history?  ~Katharine Anthony, Writing

Delusion about history is a serious matter

Delusion about history is a serious matter; it can gravely affect the history that is waiting to be made.  ~John Terraine, The Smoke and