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Or any information about how politicians value the importance of history? I would truly appreciate any information on that!

Thank you.

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You might want to visit WikiQuote for that. The one I like, which is referred to Latin historia magistra vitae est, is that history teaches us that she has never taught anybody anything. –  Voitcus Jul 3 '13 at 6:36

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This is quite a general question but here are a few quotes from politicians and other 'famous' personalities that I have in my 'collection' on history and historians (unfortunately I do not have sources handy for all of them):

"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results." -- Machiavelli

"A historian has many duties. Allow me to remind you of two which are important. The first is not to slander; the second is not to bore." -- Voltaire

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives." -- Abba Eban

"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." -- G.W.F. Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of World History: Introduction

"History is neither written nor made without love or hate." -- Theodor Mommsen

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." -- H.G. Wells, The Outline of History

"What is history but a fable agreed upon?" Bonaparte

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This is not by a politician, but from an excellent short story collection (The Point):

"Is it true that the end gives life shape, defines it? That’s what I thought when I studied history." -- Charles D'Ambrosio


"History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes." -- Mark Twain

Here's an alibi quote (i.e. by a politician) in case that's still/also required:

"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." -- Harry S. Truman

Or as a/the same literary author put it:

"As a kid I was fascinated by the lives of powerful men, men who nudged history just enough to lend their names to it." -- Charles D'Ambrosio

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