Some quotes about history

History is the essence of innumerable biographies. Thomas Carlyle


Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius


No effective historian of the future can be innocent of statistics, and indeed he or she should probably be a literate amateur economist, psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and geographer. Bernard Bailyn


The “facts” of history do not exist for any historian until he creates them, and into every fact he creates some part of his individual experience must enter. Carl Becker


A nation must be willing to look dispassionately at its own history. Willy Brandt


All history is the history of thought. Benedetto Croce


Great men make history, but only such history as it is possible for them to make. Their freedom of achievement is limited by the necessities of their environment. C. L. R. James


History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford


History: gossip well told. Elbert Hubbard


Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.AJP. Taylor


I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me. Abraham Lincoln


It is impossible to write ancient history because we do not have enough sources, and impossible to write modern history because we have far too many. Charles Pierre Péguy


Who controls the past controls…the future: who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

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