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History is written by the victors.

Posted by R. Ostrow on January 21, 2004

In Reply to: History is written by the victors. posted by Henry on January 20, 2004

: : : This phrase seems to be everywhere of late. I can't find the origin. Does anyone have an idea where it came from, and who said/wrote it?
: : : Thanks.

: : I looked in several quote books (and at Quoteland online) and couldn't find it. I did find a similar quote:

: : "'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'" George Orwell, "1984."

: WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: This is, in some ways, the newest of issues, and in some ways the oldest of issues. Plato said, thousands of years ago, "Those who tell the stories rule society."

Thanks! I should have known it was Plato. I wonder how this variation developed.