Favorite Quotations ~ History Is, 2 Webster's Third New International Dictionary

"Peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deductible from it." ~ Georg Hegel


A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience, and many have been precipitated by reckless haste. ~ Adlai Stevenson

All big things in human history have been arrived at slowly and through many compromises. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Anyone can look for history in a museum. Creative explorers look for history in hardware stores. ~ Robert Wieder

History is an accumulation of error. ~ Norman Cousins

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there. ~ George Santayana

History is full of surprises. ~ Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

History is but the register of human crimes and misfortunes. ~ Voltaire

There is no rest for the weird, and history proves it. ~ Timothy White

Going from---toward; it is the history of every one of us. ~ Henry David Thoreau

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. ~ David C. McCullough

History is the unfolding of miscalculation. ~ Barbara Tuchman

Men make history and not the other way around. ~ Harry Truman

When you have big historic changes, there are going to be ups and downs... There are going to be peaks and valleys. Some things are going to go right. Some things are going to go wrong. But as long as the strategic direction is going in the right way, that's really what you have to judge. ~ Condoleezza Rice, Charlotte Observer, 9/14/04

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

History is philosophy teaching by example. ~ Henry St. John, Viscount Bolinbroke

History must stay open, it is all humanity. ~ William Carlos Williams

All the experience of history confirms that sharing the same beliefs has been a preliminary to quarreling about their interpretation. ~ Theodore Zeldin

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