Value Of History Quotes by Carl L. Becker, Mary Renault, B. H. Liddell Hart, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Buchan and many others.
The value of history is, indeed, not scientific but moral: by liberalizing the mind, by deepening the sympathies, by fortifying the will, it enables us to control, not society, but ourselves – a much more important thing; it prepares us to live more humanely in the present and to meet rather than to foretell the future.
The perpetual stream of human nature is formed into ever-changing shallows, eddies, falls and pools by the land over which it passes. Perhaps the only real value of history lies in considering this endlessly varied play between the essence and the accidents.
The practical value of history is to throw the film of the past through the material projector of the present on to the screen of the future.
The whole value of history, of biography, is to increase my self-trust, by demonstrating what man can be and do.
That is the supreme value of history. The study of it is the best guarantee against repeating it.