Every religion lies. Every moral precept is a delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.[Qu’est l’histoire? Un écho du passé dans l’avenir. Un reflet de l’avenir sur le passé.]
History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another’s pain in the heart our own.
History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books – books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’
The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.[Die Weltgeschichte ist der Fortschritt im Bewußtsein der Freiheit.]
History of the world which is the world’s court of judgement.[Der Weltgeschichte, als dem Weltgerichte, ausübt.]
History is not the soil in which happiness grows. The periods of happiness in it are the blank pages of history.
You know the greatest lesson of history? It’s that history is whatever the victors say it is. That’s the lesson. Whoever wins, that’s who decides the history. We act in our own self-interest. Of course we do. Name me a person or a nation who does not. The trick is figuring out where your interests are.
What experience and history teach is this, – that peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.[Die Erfahrung aber und die Geschichte lehren, ist dieses, daß Völker und Regierungen niemals etwas aus der Geschichte gelernt und nach Lehren, die aus derselben zu ziehen gewesen wären, gehandelt haben.]