The quotes are listed alphabetically by who said them, last name first (i.e. Warren, Robert Penn).

"History must be written of, by and for the survivors."
- Anonymous

"History is interim reports issued periodically."
- Anonymous

"If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development."
- Aristotle

"To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity."
- Roy P. Basler

"History is the memory of things said and done."
- Carl L. Becker

"History is philosophy teaching by example and also by warning."
- Lord Bolingbroke

"[History] may be called, more generally still, the Message, verbal or written, which all Mankind delivers to everyman."
- Thomas Carlyle

"Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth."
- Cicero

"History is life; he who has not lived, or has lived only enough to write a doctoral dissertation, is too inexperienced with life to write good history."
- Louis Gottschalk

"History is ultimately more important than its singers."
- Michael Harrington

"Writing intellectual history is like trying to nail jelly to the wall."
- William Hesseltine

"History teaches everything including the future."
- Lamartine

"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."
- Machiavelli

"Any time gone by was better."
- Jorge Manrique

"There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life."
- Karl Popper

"A country without a memory is a country of madmen."
- George Santayana

"With the historian it is an article of faith that knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present."
- Kenneth Stampp

"Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake."
- Robert Penn Warren

"The past is always a rebuke to the present."
- Robert Penn Warren