History
History
Why bother?
History
is
the
lie

commonly
agreed

      upon.

    (Voltaire)
History
is
only
a

confused
heap
of
facts.

   (G.K.
Chesterton)
If
a
man
could
say
nothing

against
a
character
but
what

 he
can
prove,
history
could

       not
be
written.

     (Samu...
The
past
is
useless.

That
explains
why
it

      is
past.

  (Wright
Morris)
History
is
an
argument

     without
end.

     (Peter
Geyl)
What
experience
and
history

   teach
is
this‐that
people
and

governments
never
have
learned

 anything
from
history,
or
...
History
is
a
people's

  memory,
and
without

memory
man
is
demoted
to

   the
lower
animals.

     (Malcolm
X)
History
is
the
witness
that
testifies

to
the
passing
of
time;
it
illuminates

 reality,
vitalizes
memory,
provides

 guida...
The
function
of
the
historian
is

   neither
to
love
the
past
nor
to

 emancipate
himself
from
the
past,

 but
to
master
a...
The
study
of
history
is
the
best
medicine
for
a
sick
mind;

 for
in
history
you
have
a
record
of
the
infinite
variety
of

h...
Those
who
cannot

 remember
the
past
are

condemned
to
repeat
it.

     (Santayana)
A
nation
which
does
not
know

 what
it
was
yesterday,
does

not
know
what
it
is
today,
nor

    what
it
is
trying
to
do.

...
If
you
do
not
like
the
past,

        change
it.
   (William
L.
Burton)
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A series of quotes to prompt class discussion. The first 6 take a negative view of the study of history, and the last 6 take a positive view. I used it with my Year 11 History class to get them to discuss what history is and why it is important.

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  1. 1. History
  2. 2. History Why bother?
  3. 3. History
is
the
lie
 commonly
agreed
 upon.
 (Voltaire)
  4. 4. History
is
only
a
 confused
heap
of
facts.
 (G.K.
Chesterton)
  5. 5. If
a
man
could
say
nothing
 against
a
character
but
what
 he
can
prove,
history
could
 not
be
written.
 (Samuel
Johnson)
  6. 6. The
past
is
useless.
 That
explains
why
it
 is
past.
 (Wright
Morris)
  7. 7. History
is
an
argument
 without
end.
 (Peter
Geyl)
  8. 8. What
experience
and
history
 teach
is
this‐that
people
and
 governments
never
have
learned
 anything
from
history,
or
acted
 on
principles
deduced
from
it. (G.
W.
F.
Hegel)
  9. 9. History
is
a
people's
 memory,
and
without
 memory
man
is
demoted
to
 the
lower
animals.
 (Malcolm
X)
  10. 10. History
is
the
witness
that
testifies
 to
the
passing
of
time;
it
illuminates
 reality,
vitalizes
memory,
provides
 guidance
in
daily
life,
and
brings
us
 tidings
of
antiquity. (Cicero)
  11. 11. The
function
of
the
historian
is
 neither
to
love
the
past
nor
to
 emancipate
himself
from
the
past,
 but
to
master
and
understand
it
as
 the
key
to
the
understanding
of
the
 present.
 (E.
H.
Carr)
  12. 12. The
study
of
history
is
the
best
medicine
for
a
sick
mind;
 for
in
history
you
have
a
record
of
the
infinite
variety
of
 human
experience
plainly
set
out
for
all
to
see;
and
in
that
 record
you
can
find
yourself
and
your
country
both
 examples
and
warnings;
fine
things
to
take
as
models,
 base
things
rotten
through
and
through,
to
avoid. (Livy)
  13. 13. Those
who
cannot
 remember
the
past
are
 condemned
to
repeat
it.
 (Santayana)
  14. 14. A
nation
which
does
not
know
 what
it
was
yesterday,
does
 not
know
what
it
is
today,
nor
 what
it
is
trying
to
do.
 (Woodrow
Wilson)
  15. 15. If
you
do
not
like
the
past,
 change
it. (William
L.
Burton)

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