Quotes About History
[Historical Studies, Wisdom]
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Quotes About History
Wisdom & Historical Studies

  " 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



  "What should they know of the present who only the present know?"
Blair Worden


"The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present."
G. K. Chesterton


         "The true use of history, whether civil or military, is not to make man clever for the next time, it is to make him wise forever."
Sir Michael Howard


       "For wisdom is the great end of History. It is designed to supply the want of experience."
Hugh Blair


  "The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies…it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future."
Carl Becker


    "Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our worlds fate and our destiny."
Alex Haley


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


  "The past is never dead; it's not even past."
Gavin Stevens (William Faulkner)



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