Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
— Leo Tolstoy

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces -- in nature, in society, in man himself.
Leon Trotsky historical quote

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
— G. K. Chesterton

It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.
— Karl Marx

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
— historical quotation by James Madison