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More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

Author: Woody Allen (1935)

Profession: American Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.

Author: Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

Profession: British Actor

An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The main thing is to make history, not to write it.

Author: Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Profession: Prussian Statesman, Prime Minister

From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

The Thames is liquid history.

Author: John Burns

Profession:

God cannot alter the past, but historians can.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

And having wisdom with each studious year, in meditation dwelt, with learning wrought, and shaped his weapon with an edge severe, sapping a solemn creed with solemn sneer.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

History is the devil's scripture.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

History is the distillation of rumor.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author