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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Sir Winston Churchill

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero Pro Publio Sestio

Some people make headlines while others make history.
- Philip Elmer-DeWitt in Time Magazine

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we made today.
- Henry Ford Interview in Chicago Tribune, May 25th, 1916

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.
- Leonard Louis Levinson

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.
- J.W. Schopf

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
- George Bernard Shaw

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

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