„The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors.“
— Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
— Jawaharlal Nehru Indian lawyer, statesman, and writer, first Prime Minister of India 1889 - 1964
Context: History is almost always written by the victors and conquerors and gives their view. Or, at any rate, the victors' version is given prominence and holds the field. <!-- pp. 287-8.
„History is always written by the victor and histories of the vanquished belong to a shrinking circle of those who were there.“
— Joachim Peiper SS officer 1915 - 1976
Parker, Hitler's Warrior, chapter 19, citing Peiper to Karl Wortmann, November 28, 1974 in note 27.
„That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.“
— Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays
" A Case of Voluntary Ignorance http://www.christiebooks.com/ChristieBooksWP/2013/11/a-case-of-voluntary-ignorance-by-aldous-huxley/" in Collected Essays (1959)
„Someone once said that history is written by the victors. He probably was not the greatest of all victors, if only because his name has been utterly forgotten.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
On the Norman conquest of England; Vol I; The Birth of Britain. <!-- Dorset Press 1990 p 167 -->
„I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.“
— Abba Eban Israeli diplomat and politician 1915 - 2002
Abba Eban wrote "Israel's Dilemmas: An Opportunity Squandered" in Stephen J. Roth, ed. "The Impact of the Six-Day War: A Twenty-Year Assessment".