Quotations About
history

How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.

L'Ingénu, ch.10 (1767)
Posted in: Voltaire

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

A Tale of Two Cities (opening paragraph)
Posted in: Charles Dickens

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

Strength to Love (1963)

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.

Table Talk: Essays On Men And Manners (1821-1822)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Our democracy’s history is littered with names we neither remember nor celebrate — people who stood in the way of progress while protecting the powerful. On Wednesday, a number of senators voted to join that list.

"A Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip", New York Times op-ed, April 17, 2013

History, contrary to popular theories, is kings and dates and battles.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett

Phil: It’s just one of those things we’ll never know, like what happened to the Titanic.
Claire: It hit an iceberg.
Phil: Maybe.

When Good Kids Go Bad (season 3, episode 2)
Posted in: Modern Family