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It remains an irrefragable law of history that contemporaries are denied a recognition of the early beginnings of the great movements which determine their times.

The World of Yesterday
History is always entirely different to what has happened.

Under the Glacier
Caution in handling generally accepted opinions that claim to explain whole trends of history is especially important for the historian of modern times, because the last century has produced an abundance of ideologies that pretend to be keys to history but are actually nothing but desperate efforts to escape responsibility.

The Origins of Totalitarianism
This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: At the time, no one knew what was coming.

1Q84
History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make
Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own
Happy the people whose annals are tiresome
History deals mainly with captains and kings, gods and prophets, exploiters and despoilers, not with useful men
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
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