Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

The only duty we owe history is to rewrite it.

- Oscar Wilde

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

- H. G. Wells


History is nothing but a collection of fables and useless trifles, cluttered up with a mass of unnecessary figures and proper names.

- Leo Tolstoy


History is the study of man's unhappiness.

- Raymond Queneau


History - that little sewer where man loves to wallow.

- Francis Ponge


You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.

- Jawaharlal Nehru


History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.

- Napoleon Bonaparte

For what is history but a kind of Newgate Calendar, a register of the crimes and miseries that man has inflicted on his fellow men? It is huge libel on human nature.

- Washington Irving


History is the autobiography of a madman.

- Alexander Herzen


We learn from history that we do not learn from history.

- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.

- Jean Genet


History - an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

- Ambrose Bierce

The hour of their crime does not strike simultaneously for all nations. This explains the permanence of history.

- E. M. Cioran

What is history after all? History is facts which become legend in the end; legends are lies which become history in the end.

- Jean Cocteau

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.

- Cyril Connolly

History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.

- Lawrence Durrell


History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.

- Abba Eban