The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
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.
These, he said gravely, are unpleasant facts; I know it. But then most historical facts are unpleasant.
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
History teaches us that war is not inevitable. Once again, it is for us to choose whether we use war or some other method of settling the ordinary and unavoidable conflicts between groups of men.
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history),men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.