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Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
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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 - Lectures on the Philosophy of History
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Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.”
George Bernard Shaw
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Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.”
Aristotle
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World history is the progress of the consciousness of freedom”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”
George Bernard Shaw
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.”
Victor Hugo
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The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities—perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.”
Karl Popper
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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature
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When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?”
Nelson Mandela
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History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.”
Voltaire - L'Ingénu
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The history of philosophical system is the picture gallery of reason.”
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
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History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.”
Theodor W. Adorno
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History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.”
Anatole France
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History, which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.”
Edward Gibbon
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What history relates is only the long, heavy, confused dream of humanity.”
Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation
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The separation of history from geography rests upon the separation of time from space.”
Bertrand Russell
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The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.”
Virginia Woolf
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The history of the world is the world's court of justice.”
Friedrich Schiller
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Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?”
Carl Gustav Jung
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History should be written as philosophy.”
Voltaire
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Every age has its own poetry in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.”
Jean-Paul Sartre
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Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.”
Gustave Flaubert
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