Entertaining & Controversial
Quotes About History
"'History," Stephen said, "is a nightmare
from which I am trying to awake.'"
"History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today."
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
H. G. Wells
"Hindsight is always twenty-twenty."
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."
"Some historians hold that history ... is just one damned thing after another."
under the Borgias, they had 30 years of warfare,terror,murder & bloodshed,
but they produced Michelangelo, DaVinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland,
they had brotherly love and 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that
produce? The Cuckoo Clock."
Orson Welles as Harry Lime
in "The Third Man"
"History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite.
"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest"
"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles."
"A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various
ways; the point, however, is to change it."
"When a liberal is abused, he says: Thank God they didn't beat me. When he is
beaten, he thanks God they didn't kill him. When he is killed, he will thank God that
his immortal soul has been delivered from its mortal clay."
"The more recently power has originated, the less it can remain stationary - first
because those who created it have become accustomed to rapid further movement and
because they are and will be innovators per se; secondly, because the forces
aroused or subdued by them can be employed only through further acts ... "
"To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.
It is a very serious task, ... and possibly a tragic one."
"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the