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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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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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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 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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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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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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