While it is not often useful to take quotes out of context, here are some of the most powerful in regards to the uses, abuses and necessity of History:

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” (Maya Angelou)

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” (H. G. Wells)

“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.” (David McCullough)

“I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.” (Teddy Roosevelt)

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” (Napoleon)

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” (Rudyard Kipling)

“History is Philosophy teaching by examples.” (Thucydides)

“The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” (Mark Twain)

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” (Aldous Huxley)

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” (Karl Marx)

“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.” (Alexis de Tocqueville)

“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.” (George Orwell)

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