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    Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.

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History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.

History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.

by Philip Guedalla Found in: History Quotes,
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Men after death are understood worse than men of the present, but heard better.

Men after death are understood worse than men of the present, but heard better.

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Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

by Gustav Flaubert Found in: History Quotes,
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What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once.

What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once.

by Virginia Woolf Found in: History Quotes,
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The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

by Max Beerbohm Found in: History Quotes,
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I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, read more

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.

by Oliver North Found in: History Quotes,
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True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?

True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?

by Vaclav Havel Found in: History Quotes,
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History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.

by Paul Eldridge Found in: History Quotes,
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God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

by Samuel Butler Found in: History Quotes,
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