Quotations About / On:
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
(Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Hawthorne, ch. 1 (1879).)
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it.
(Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), British biographer, historian. Eminent Victorians, preface (1918).)
History is the zoology of the human race.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1837).)
History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
(Thucydides (c. 460-400 B.C.), Athenian historian. Quoted by Dionysius of Halicarnassus in Ars Rhetorica, ch. 11, sect. 2.)
Happy is the nation without a history.
(Cesare Beccaria (1735-1794), Italian jurist, philosopher. On Crimes and Punishments, Introduction (1764).
Thomas Carlyle attributes a similar utterance to Charles de Montesquieu, in History of Frederick the Great (1858-1865) bk. 16, ch. 1: "Happy the people whose annals are blank in history-books!")
History ... is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
(Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 3 (1776-1788).)
History shows that there are no invincible armies.
(Josef Stalin (1879-1953), Soviet leader. Radio broadcast, July 3, 1941, declaring war on Germany.
Three weeks before Hitler invaded Russia.)
History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
(Philip Guedalla (1889-1944), British author. "Some Historians," Supers and Supermen (1920).)
Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher. Thoughts out of Season, pt. 2, sect. 5 (1874).)
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. The Mill on the Floss, bk. 6, ch. 3 (1860).)