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Quotes on History

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle
History ... is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
- Cicero
To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.
- Cicero
History is philosophy teaching by examples.
- Thucydides
All great historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice ... the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
- Karl Marx
Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
- Virginia Woolf
History is written by the winners.
- Alex Haley
Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.
- Ray Merritt
The only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
- Henry Ford