It seems everyone has an opinion on the importance, the accuracy and or the benefits of history.

Below are some of those opinions.



"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." - James A. Baldwin

"Human history becomes more and more a race betrween education and catastrophe. " - H. G. Wells

"History never looks like history when you are living throught it." - John W. Gardner

"The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down." - A. Whitney Brown

“The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.” – Cicero

“The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” - Mark Twain

“Skepticism is history's bedfellow.” - Edgar Saltus

“It takes three facts to make a truth.” - Eugene Manlove Rhodes

“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.” - Aristotle

“History is Philosophy teaching by examples.” - Thucydides

“All modern wars start in the history classroom.” - Anonymous

“History is herstory, too.” - Author Unknown

“Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past?” - John Leonard

“Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth.” – Cicero

“In a certain sense all men are historians.” - Thomas Carlyle

“History is an argument without end.” - Pieter Geyl


“[T]he historian and the detective have much in common.” - Mark M. Krug

“History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” - David McCullough

“History... is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” - James Joyce

“History teaches us the mistakes we are going to make.” - Author Unknown

“Each day is a little bit of history.” - JOSÉ SARAMAGO

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