Whether you’re learning about how the Industrial Revolution changed American lives or memorizing the key battles in World War II, YourDictionary's collection of history quotes will inspire you to look at your studies in a whole new light.
Each day has its own destiny. Yesterday is history, today is opportunity while tomorrow is mystery.t. b. joshua
We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.Carter Woodson
If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.thomas jefferson
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.winston churchill
...the place [Dogtown, in Gloucester, Massachusetts] is forsaken and majestically lovely as if nature had at last formed one spot where she can live for herself alone....[It] looked like a cross between Easter Island and Stonehenge – essentially druidic in it appearance – it gives the feeling that an ancient race might turn up at any moment and renew an ageless rite there.marsden hartley
The Romans did not see [the tale of Romulus, Remus and the she-wolf] as a charming story; they meant to show that they had imbibed wolfish appetites and ferocity with their mother's milk.terry jones
The Constitution... meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.thomas jefferson
There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vail that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God, that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations, of the heart of the Infinite.james a. garfield
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.george santayana
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.thomas carlyle
History is the essence of innumerable Biographies.thomas carlyle
They who live in history only seemed to walk the earth again.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Why study history? Although some people are simply fascinated by how our culture has changed over the years, others believe that a solid grasp of historical events is vital for anyone who wishes to be a full participant in our society. In this viewpoint, studying the mistakes made in the past gives us the knowledge we need to do better in the future. Philosopher George Santayana sums this sentiment up with the history quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
On a personal level, it's common for history buffs to feel as though studying the past gives them a greater understanding of the lives of their ancestors. Learning about history bridges generation gaps and inspires young people to develop their sense of wonder and curiosity. Science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein said, "A generation which ignores history has no past and no future."
Of course, as our attitudes towards diversity change, it's becoming common for people to wonder how we can better recognize the contributions of those who've been previously overlooked in our history textbooks. As noted poet, memoirist, and activist Maya Angelou said, "Won't it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history."
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