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76 Inspirational History Sayings

History Sayings

History plays an important role in our lives. History shows us our mistakes. We should learn from history mistakes and never repeat those mistakes again. So history does not repeat itself. People who don’t know their past unfortunately repeat it. History also gives us a broader understanding to solve from problems and to tackle the situation. How different people history also makes us proud if we have a great history.

We have a great variety of sayings on history here. These will encourage you a write a great history. A famous saying of Winston Churchill is “history is written by victors”. History can change our life our way of thinking and give us a broad way so fix problems. Its makes us proud on. Every nation, every man has history; History is a past of a nation a person etc. our judgments based on history. When you will aware of past then you could make a good decision. Glorious history United Kingdom tells us how they ruled over the most countries of the world. Also tells us their strength and their weakness. Here we have a splashy collection of sayings of great writer, poet, politicians, leaders you can get motivation by them. These sayings can change your entire life and your personality and will encourage you. Sayings are the best source of knowledge. We must keep in mind golden words which caught our attentions.

In this post, you will find amazing history sayings.


History Sayings


“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” —John W. Gardner


“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” —Pearl Buck


“History is written by the winners.” —Napoleon Bonaparte


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey


“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.” —Will Durant


“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” —Stephen R. Covey


“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” —Edmund Burke


“Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.” —Zadie Smith


“History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.” —Eduardo Galeano


“History is not another name for the past… It is the name for stories about the past.” —Alan John Percivale Taylor


“A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future.” —Robert A. Heinlein


“The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.” —John Still


“You have to look at history as an evolution of society.” —Jean Chretien


“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” —Winston S. Churchill


“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” —Martin Luther King, Jr


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


“History is herstory, too.” —Unknown


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” —George Santayana


“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” —Thomas Jefferson


“We are the prisoners of history. Or are we?” —Robert Penn Warren


“Study the past if you would define the future.” —Confucius


“To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.” —Max Beerbohm


“Insecure people often falsify the past, in order to make the future pure.” —Shannon L. Alder


“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not  know.” —Harry S Truman


“History is a vast early warning system.” —Norman Cousins


“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” —Edmund Burke


“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” —James A. Baldwin


“Each time history repeats itself, the price goes up.” —Unknown


“History is a race between education and catastrophe.” —H. G. Wells


“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” —Norman Cousins


“Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.” —Leo Tolstoy


“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” —Rudyard Kipling


“History is no more fixed and dead than the future. The past is no further away than the last breath you took.” —Robin Hobb


“History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.” —George R.R. Martin


“People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.” —Edmund Burke


“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be “swept aside.” —John F. Kennedy


“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” —Lord Acton


“Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.” —Jean Genet


“My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I’m the son of my history.” —Jose Mujica


“The duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.” —Oscar Wilde


“Knowledge of history frees us to be contemporary.” —Lynn White, Jr


“History written in pencil is easily erased, but crayon is forever.” —Emilie Autumn


“Human history in essence is the history of ideas.” —H. G. Wells


“The people who have really made history are the martyrs.” —Aleister Crowley


“History does not unfold: it piles up.” —Robert M. Adams


“History is the discipline closest to life; and life is rarely free of contradictions.” —Karl J. Weintraub


“What really happened doesn’t matter. What matters is how we agree to remember it.” —Leila Sales


“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” —Golda Meir


“One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.” —Will Durant


“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” —John W. Gardner


“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.” —Martin Luther


“A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false.” —Thomas Babington Macaulay


“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” —Kurt Vonnegut


“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice – their choice.” —Dwight David Eisenhower


“We cannot escape history.” —Abraham Lincoln


“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” —H.G. Wells


“From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.” —Napoleon Bonaparte


“Well behaved women rarely make history.” —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


“All history becomes subjective; in other words there is properly no history, only biography.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” —George Santayana


“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.” —Victor Hugo


“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.” —John F. Kennedy


“History is the story of events, with praise or blame.” —Cotton Mather


“If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.” —Baruch Spinoza


“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” —George Bernard Shaw


“History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.” —Thomas Jefferson


“Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.” —Oscar Wilde


“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” —David C. McCullough


“I can’t change history, I don’t want to change history. I can only change the future. I’m working on that.” —Boris Becker


“No modern idea has affected history more than the passion of nationalism.” —Charles R. Poinsatte


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


“We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.” —Stephen Hawking


“The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.” —James Anthony Froude


“History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.” —Edward Gibbon



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