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❝My philosophy
like colour TV
is all there
in black and white❞
Monty Python

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Even God cannot change the past.
Agathon (448 BCE-400 BCE)

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

History is just one bloody thing after another.

History is the certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.
Julian Barnes (1946- )

History repeats itself because nobody listens.

History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.
Philip Guedalla (1889-1944)

History started badly and hav been getting steadily worse.
Geoffrey Willans (1911-1956)

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

I do not intend to prejudge the past.
William Whitelaw (1918-1999)

If history is written by the victors, legend is at the service of the vanquished.
Steve Roud (1949- )

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was still nothing, but everybody could see it.

Soviet History 101: Who knows tomorrow what happened yesterday?

The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.
H.H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)

There was a time when religion ruled the world; it is known as the Dark Ages.
Ruth Green (1915-1981)

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

We owe most of what we know to about one hundred men. We owe most of what we have suffered to another hundred or so.
R.W. Dickson

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