• Whether history will judge this war to be different or not we cannot say. But this we can say with certainty: a government and a society that silences those who dissent is one that has lost its way.
    ~ Henry Steele Commager, On Vietnam, 1966
  • History is a jangle of accidents, blunders, surprises, and absurdities, and so is our knowledge of it, but if we are to report it at all we must impose some order on it.
    ~ Henry Steele Commager
  • History is organized memory.
    ~ Henry Steele Commager
  • Many -- and maybe even most -- of history's most successful people will never be documented by those responsible for recording history.
    ~ Dr. Mardy Grothe
  • Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
    ~ Julio Cortazar
  • History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses.
    ~ Charles Angoff
  • History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
    ~ Maya Angelou
  • Sometimes - history needs a push.
    ~ Vladimir Lenin
  • History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes.
    ~ Mark Twain
  • That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
    ~ Aldous Huxley