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Our only fault as mankind is that we are prone to repeating our mistakes, and these history quotes will open your eyes to stories of generations past.

Our history has a big impact on us and understanding it can benefit us in many different ways. For you to understand how and why our present world is the way it is, you have to look to history for answers.

Having knowledge of our history allows us to understand where we are coming from, which in turn allows us to understand our present. It not only reveals the past, but it also helps us create a better future.

An understanding of the successes and failures of the past is important if we are to grow and make progress going forward. If we do not learn from our past mistakes, we are bound to repeat them.


When you have knowledge of history, you’ll be able to make more sense of the current world. Studying past economic and cultural trends can help you predict what will happen next in today’s world. It can also allow you to understand why some rules exist in today’s world.

To open your eyes to stories of the past, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and helpful history quotes, history sayings, and history proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years

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  • People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. ― James Baldwin
  • A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ― Marcus Garvey
  • History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. ― Winston S. Churchill
  • History is who we are and why we are the way we are. ― David McCullough
  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present. ― Joan Rivers
  • If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ― Michael Crichton

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all. ― James Baldwin

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


History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. ― Mark Twain

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn’t. ― Christopher Paolini

Revolutions are the locomotives of history. ― Karl Marx


Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. ― Stephen Hawking

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

Blood alone moves the wheels of history. ― Martin Luther

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. ― John Adams

History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. ― James Joyce


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

History is a set of lies agreed upon. ― Napoleon Bonaparte

I do not speak Hebrew, but I understand that it has no word for ‘history’. The closest word for it is memory. ― David Miliband

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ― Maya Angelou

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. ― Edmund Burke


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

The history of innovation is the story of ideas that seemed dumb at the time. ― Andy Dunn

History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation. ― Julian Barnes

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

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. ― Carl T. Rowan


History is written by the victors. ― Walter Benjamin

Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. ― Oscar Wilde

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. ― George Orwell

History is written by the winners. ― Napoleon Bonaparte

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


The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history. ― Mike Fitzpatrick

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

History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice. ― Will Durant

History will decide if I’m a villain or a hero. ― Harlan Ellison

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor. ― Robert A. Heinlein


History is a relay of revolutions. ― Saul Alinsky

The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history. ― Debi Mazar

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. ― Winston Churchill

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both. ― C. Wright Mills

You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise. ― Maya Angelou


History never looks like history when you are living through it. ― John W. Gardner

The past changes a little every time we retell it. ― Hilary Mantel

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. ― Karl Marx

Be honest. We have the science, the technology, and the wealth. What we don’t have is the will, and that’s not a reason that history will accept. ― Bono

The problem is that my generation was pacified into believing that racism existed only in our history books. ― Chance The Rapper


History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. ― B. C. Forbes

History repeats itself. So you might wanna pay attention. ― Quavo

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

The best prophet of the future is the past. ― Lord Byron

Life moves fast. As much as you can, learn from your history, you have to move forward. ― Eddie Vedder


No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. ― Thomas Carlyle

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. ― Alexis de Tocqueville

Human history in essence is the history of ideas. ― H. G. Wells

History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’― Eduardo Galeano

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. ― H. G. Wells


We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today. ― Henry Ford

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. ― Mao Zedong

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. ― Konrad Adenauer

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. ― Hermann Hesse

A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine. ― Steven Biko


History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

The idea that women were oppressed throughout history is an appalling theory. ― Jordan Peterson

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

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. ― Hermann Hesse


I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge. ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

You have to look at history as an evolution of society. ― Jean Chretien

The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles. ― Karl Marx

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. ― Benito Mussolini

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


History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches; it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. ― Karl Marx

The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. ― Maya Angelou

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. ― Pearl Buck

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. ― Leon Trotsky

There are great legends and great fighters in the history of Mexico, and there will be more to come. ― Canelo Alvarez


History is a novel for which the people is the author. ― Alfred de Vigny

History of the world is the biography of the great man. And I said: The great man always acts like a thunder. He storms the skies, while others are waiting to be stormed. ― Thomas Carlyle

History is a vast early warning system. ― Norman Cousins

History: gossip well told. ― Elbert Hubbard

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort. ― Mason Cooley


I love history… everything is inspired by history, so that’s why I love vintage and antiques. ― Kelly Wearstler

History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up. ― Voltaire

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. ― Abraham Lincoln

History is dependent on the new generation to write a new chapter. ― LaMelo Ball

History does not unfold: it piles up. ― Robert M. Adams


Thank you for coming. We’re gonna make some history together today. ― Steve Jobs

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. ― Henry David Thoreau

History, as long as it continues to happen, is always another chance. ― R. Jackson Wilson

The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes. ― Adolf Hitler

My favorite finds are often antique pieces with a history. ― Alice Temperley


History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. ― David McCullough

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

Time will inevitably uncover dishonesty and lies; history has no place for them. ― Norodom Sihanouk

We learn from history that we don’t learn from history! ― Desmond Tutu

History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. ― Malcolm X


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ― George Santayana

History is merely gossip. ― Oscar Wilde

History isn’t about dates and places and wars. It’s about the people who fill the spaces between them. ― Jodi Picoult

Condemn me, it does not matter, history will absolve me. ― Fidel Castro

Garbage is the part of your history you don’t want your family to know about. ― Vik Muniz


Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. ― Marge Piercy

History shows that there are no invincible armies. ― Joseph Stalin

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that. ― Arthur Ashe

A generation which ignores history has no past – and no future. ― Robert A. Heinlein

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands. ― Thurgood Marshall


The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality. ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future. ― George Macaulay Trevelyan

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

History is like a bloodstain that keeps on showing on the wall no matter how many new owners take possession, no matter how many times we paint over it. ― Peter Carey


We cannot escape history. ― Abraham Lincoln

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle. ― Eric Hoffer

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

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