Neither Voltaire, nor any of the following, could get a teaching job in a Florida public school.
What is history?
History is the lie commonly agreed upon. (Voltaire)
History: An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. (Ambrose Bierce)
History is Philosophy teaching by examples. (Thucydides)
The first lesson of history is the good of evil. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history. (Kahlil Gibran)
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, … and possibly a tragic one. (Hermann Hesse)
History is a people’s memory, and without memory man is demoted to the lower animals. (Malcolm X)
If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written. (Samuel Johnson)
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. (Karl Marx)
Fiction is history, human history, or it is nothing. (Joseph Conrad)
History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in. . . .The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all. (Jane Austen)
Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence — not detachment and objectivity. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can. It is perhaps because they can be useful to him in this respect that he tolerates their existence. (Samuel Butler)
It is not the literal past, the “facts” of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language. (Brian Friel)
History and myth are two aspects of a kind of grand pattern in human destiny: history is the mass of observable or recorded fact, but myth is the abstract or essence of it. (Robertson Davies)
Nothing capable of being memorized is history. (R.G. Collingwood)
But in Florida it is:
American history shall be viewed as factual, not as constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and testable, and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.