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20 Quotes About History: History is a Collection of Stories

History is a collection of stories.

Often, those stories change.

A good historian tells his stories in such a way that the reader is quite enchanted by them.

A great historian tells his stories in such a way that the reader is unaware he is being told a story.

Here then are 20 quotes about those stories told which men grandly call “history.” Many of these quotes are by those who either wrote history or who made history–or both.

“History is merely gossip.”
–Oscar Wilde

“Historians are gossips who tease the dead.”
–Voltaire, Scribbling Books

“Historian: A broad-gauge gossip.”
–Ambrose Bierce

“History: gossip well told.”
–Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.”
–Napoleon Bonaparte

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.”
–George Santayana

“History: An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly


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