The only duty we owe history is to rewrite it.
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts
- 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