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Quotes on the subject of 'History'

[I will post more as I find them.]

G. K. Chesterson: The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present. History is a hill or high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living.

Alan Bloom: We need history, not to tell us what happened or to explain the past, but to make the past alive so that it can explain us and make a future possible.

Jon Bishop: A good writer of history is a guy who is suspicious.

Cicero: To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

George Hegel: The history of the world is none other than progress of the consciousness of freedom.

Desmosthenes: The time for extracting a lesson from history is ever at hand for those who are wise.

Thomas Carlyle: History is a mighty drama, enacted upon the theatre of time, with suns for lamps, and eternity for a background.

Alfred Kazin: To have a sense of history one must consider oneself a piece of history.

Henry Kissinger: History is not, of course, a cookbook offering pretested recipes. It teaches by analogy, not by maxims.

Dionysius: History is philosophy learned from examples.

Thomas Carlyle: Our clock strikes when there is a change from hour to hour; but no hammer in the Horology of Time peals through the universe when there is a change from era to era.

Walter Savage Landor: Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on what subject he may.— He carries with Imn (sic, him), for thousands of years, a portion of his times.

Soren Kierkegaard: Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Friedrich von Schlegel: A historian is a prophet in reverse.

Kenneth Clark: In spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last 2,000 years, and in consequence, we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves.

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[To my surprise, there is an overwhelmingly amount of quotes that speak negatively about history.]

The author of this blog loves history, but my interest lies in local history!