The unexamined subject is not worth studying.
History is the memory of a nation. Just as memory enables the individual to learn, to choose goals and stick to them, to avoid making the same mistake twice-in short, to grow-so history is the means by which a nation establishes its sense of identity and purpose.
- John F. Kennedy
Of all our studies history is the best qualified to reward our research.
- Malcom X
A historian is a prophet in reverse.
- Friedrich von Schlegel
History never looks like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.
- John Gardner
The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.
- John Still