50 Inspirational Quotes About History…And The Future

1. “History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us.” – Johan Huizinga

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

3. “The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history?” – Katharine Anthony

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

5. “No volume of history is insignificant, even the worst chapters. Especially the worst chapters.” – Terri Guillemets

6. “History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.” – Dexter Perkins

7. “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

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

9. “You don’t change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

10. “If you think you have it tough, read history books.” – Bill Maher

11. “More and more, I tend to read history. I often find it more up to date than the daily newspapers.” – Joe Murray

12. “The writing of histories – as Goethe once noted – is one way of getting rid of the weight of the past…. The writing of history liberates us from history.” – Benedetto Croce

13. “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.” – Abraham Lincoln

14. History is a mighty drama, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.” – Thomas Carlyle

15. “History can bring luck: this is what we can call optimism.” – Stephane Hessel

16. “History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses.” – Charles Angoff

17. “History maketh a young man to be old, without either wrinkles or gray hairs; privileging him with the experience of age, without either the infirmities or inconveniences thereof.” – Thomas Fuller

18. “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

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

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

21. “History is the action and reaction of these two, nature and thought – two boys pushing each other on the curbstone of the pavement.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. “History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” –  Alexis de Tocqueville

23. “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

24. “The great eventful Present hides the Past; but through the din Of its loud life hints and echoes from the life behind steal in.” –John Greenleaf Whittier

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

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

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

28. “Historical investigation has for its aim to fix the order and character of events throughout past time and in all places. The task is frankly superhuman.” – George Santayana

29. “People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.” –James Baldwin

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

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

32. “History in general is a collection of crimes, follies, and misfortunes among which we have now and then met with a few virtues, and some happy times.” – Voltaire

33. “History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.” – Paul Eldridge

34. “History balances the frustration of “how far we have to go” with the satisfaction of “how far we have come.” It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.” – Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

35. “Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

36. “Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.” – Mason Cooley

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

38. “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

39. “History is philosophy teaching by examples.” – Thucydides

40. “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ― George Orwell

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

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

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

44. “The historian has been the hearth at which the soul of the country has been kept alive.” – John Morley

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

46. “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

47. “In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.” – Edmund Burke

48. “A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.” ~ David McCullough

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

50. “History knows that it can wait for more evidence and review its older verdicts; it offers an endless series of courts of appeal, and is ever ready to reopen closed cases.” – William Stubbs

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