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Quotes about history

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 / 

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 / 

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw - Heartbreak house / 

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Aristotle / 

World history is the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel / 

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw / 

What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.
Victor Hugo - The Man Who Laughs / 

The history of philosophical system is the picture gallery of reason.
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach / 

One does not know completely a science as long as one does not know its history.
Auguste Comte - Course of Positive Philosophy / 

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

Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature / 

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

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.
Paulo Coelho / 

History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire - L'Ingénu / 

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.
Theodor W. Adorno

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

Man is not entirely to blame; it was not he who started history; nor is he entirely innocent, since he continues it.
Albert Camus - L'Été / 

History, which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
Edward Gibbon / 

What history relates is only the long, heavy, confused dream of humanity.
Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation / 

The separation of history from geography rests upon the separation of time from space.
Bertrand Russell / 

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
Virginia Woolf

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.
Virginia Woolf

The history of the world is the world's court of justice.
Friedrich Schiller / 

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.
Noam Chomsky

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
Carl Gustav Jung

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
Nicolas Chamfort

History should be written as philosophy.

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

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Gustave Flaubert

But every historical statement and legitimization itself moves within a certain relation to history.
Martin Heidegger

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