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Quotes about History

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Confucius

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

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“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.”
– Winston Churchill

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“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
– Mark Twain

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“Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labours of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.”
– Marcus Tulius Cicero

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

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“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
– Karl Marx

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

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“God cannot alter the past, but historians can.”
– Samuel Butler

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“A page of history is worth a pound of logic.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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