The history of human affairs has to deal with the judgments of value that impelled men to act and directed their conduct. What happened in history cannot be discovered and narrated without referring to the various valuations of the acting individuals.
———— Ludwig von Mises
If in the long run we are the maker of our own fate, in the short run we are the captives of the ideas we have created.
All history is contemporary history.
———— Benedetto Croce
It is as though you … were perched upon the moon looking down on our whole vast planet. From there your viewpoint would be different from that of an observer living inWashington,London, orParis—or, for that matter, in Peking,Delhi, orCairo.
———— L. S. Stavrianos
The civilizations … in almost every instance … suicide.
———— Arnold Joseph Toynbee
History is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
———— Edward Gibbon
For who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?
———— Marcus Tullius Cicero
"History" is to record events, and means fairness for its Chinese character being originated from "Neutral".
———— Xu Shen
To take history as a mirror, to know why rising and declining.
———— Li Shimin
To explore boundary between the God and human beings;
To master changes from ancient times to today.
———— Sima Qian