All history is modern history.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.
What experience and history teach is this—that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
—Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.
—Harry S. Truman
History … is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
I have no expectation that any man will read history aright who thinks that what was done in a remote age, by men whose names resounded far, has any deeper sense than what he is doing today.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Faithfulness to the truth of history involves far more than a research, however patient and scrupulous, into special facts. … The narrator must seek to imbue himself with the life and spirit of the time.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
—H. G. Wells
There is no law of history any more than of a kaleidoscope.