History quotes to keep inspiring you

Read these famous history quotes and get drawn into the realms of the past, curated by the Onswish review team.

“To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.” – Hermann Hesse

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” – Aristotle

“History is a relay of revolutions.” – Saul Alinsky

“I do not speak Hebrew, but I understand that it has no word for ‘history’. The closest word for it is memory.” – David Miliband

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history.” – Martin Luther

“Revolutions are the locomotives of history.” – Karl Marx

“Black history is American history.” – Morgan Freeman

“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” – Karl Vonnegut

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

“People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.” – G.K. Chesterton

“The only history is a mere question of one’s struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.” – D.H. Lawrence

“History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history.” – Anselm Kiefer

“History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.” – Ted Coppell

“Certain periods in history suddenly lift humanity to an observation point where a clear light falls upon a world previously dark.” – Anne Sullivan

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert Kennedy

“Anyone who believes you can’t change history has never tried to write his memoirs.” – David Ben Gurion

“We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.” – Anatole Broyard

“It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving – as if it were an individual person – its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.” – Karl Marx

“I’ve been completely fascinated with history because it tells everything about what’s going to happen next because it’s cyclical, everything repeats in general.”– Emile Autumn

“It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.” – Alfred de Vigny

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