Famous History Quotes

Discover Your Roots With These Famous History Quotes

Moreau le Jeune, Portrait Voltairs
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We marvel at the ancient architectural wonders that attract tourists the world-over. But the essence lies in the history of the foundation. History's frozen music is like a mute sentinel who helps cultures survive. Victories and failures, traditions and heritage, make history ever changing. Yet history remains the same. Read these famous history quotes and get drawn into the realms of the past.

  • Voltaire
    History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    What is history but a fable agreed upon?
  • Karl Marx
    History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
  • Winston Churchill
    History is written by the victors.
  • Thomas Jefferson
    I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
  • John Maynard Keynes
    Ideas shape the course of history.
  • William Shakespeare
    There is a history in all men's lives.
  • Mark Twain
    The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
  • Alexander Smith
    I go into my library and all history unrolls before me.
  • Robert Heinlein
    A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
  • Marshall McLuhan
    Only the vanquished remember history.
  • Mohandas Gandhi
    A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
  • Stephen Covey
    Live out of your imagination, not your history.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
    We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.