„If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.“

—  Ronald Reagan, 1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), Context: From Stettin on the Baltic to Varna on the Black Sea, the regimes planted by totalitarianism have had more than thirty years to establish their legitimacy. But none — not one regime — has yet been able to risk free elections. Regimes planted by bayonets do not take root.... If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.... Our military strength is a prerequisite to peace, but let it be clear we maintain this strength in the hope it will never be used, for the ultimate determinant in the struggle that's now going on in the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas, a trial of spiritual resolve, the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish, the ideals to which we are dedicated. Speech to the House of Commons (8 June 1982) http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1982/60882a.htm
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„History teaches, but it has no pupils.“

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—  Lucille Clifton American poet 1936 - 2010
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„What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.“

—  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of History
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„Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
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„The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate. But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2013, "Let Freedom Ring" Ceremony (August 2013), Context: The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate. But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together. We’ll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago. And I believe that spirit is there, that truth force inside each of us. I see it when a white mother recognizes her own daughter in the face of a poor black child. I see it when the black youth thinks of his own grandfather in the dignified steps of an elderly white man. It’s there when the native-born recognizing that striving spirit of the new immigrant; when the interracial couple connects the pain of a gay couple who are discriminated against and understands it as their own. That’s where courage comes from -- when we turn not from each other, or on each other, but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone. That’s where courage comes from.

„No one is so brilliant that he can afford to neglect what history can teach him.“

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Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), Context: No one is so brilliant that he can afford to neglect what history can teach him.<!--p.11

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„There's a good reason why nobody studies history. It just teaches you too much.“

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