Ten of our favorite history quotes to help start your week off right.
1. If all human beings understood history, they might cease making the same stupid mistakes over and over.
Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation
2. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana, The Life of Reason
3. I’m interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.
Toni Morrison, Time interview, Jan. 21, 1998
4. Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded.
5. A good knowledge of things past is an armour against events to come.
Edward Counsel, Maxims
6. History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John F. Kennedy
7. There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.
Harry S. Truman
8. A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
9. If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
10. If you think you have it tough, read history books.