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    Anecdotes are the gleaming toys of history. The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

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We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.

We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.

by Nathanael Greene Found in: History Quotes,
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The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been read more

The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed and hopes that have been disappointed.

by Samuel Johnson Found in: History Quotes,
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It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in read more

It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.

by Brian Friel Found in: History Quotes,
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History knows no resting place and no plateaus.

History knows no resting place and no plateaus.

by Henry Kissinger Found in: History Quotes,
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The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.

by Stendhal Found in: History Quotes,
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War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

by Thomas Hardy Found in: History Quotes,
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Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished read more

Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

by Ambrose Bierce Found in: History Quotes,
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In a certain sense all men are historians.

In a certain sense all men are historians.

by Thomas Carlyle Found in: History Quotes,
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Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.

Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.

by Phillip Guedalla Found in: History Quotes,
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