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History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.
A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Might does not make right, it only makes history.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
The men who make history have not time to write it.

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