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The history of man is the history of crimes,
by Simon Wiesenthal

The history of man is the history of crimes,
and history can repeat.
So information is a defence.
Through this we can build, we must build,
a defence against repetition.
- Simon Wiesenthal

For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest
danger threatening mankind.
- Simon Wiesenthal

There is no denying that Hitler and Stalin are alive today...
they are waiting for us to forget, because this is
what makes possible the resurrection of these two monsters.
- Simon Wiesenthal

 

Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought.
- Simon Wiesenthal

I know I am not only the bad conscience of the Nazis.
I am also the bad conscience of the Jews.
Because what I have taken up as my duty was everybody's duty.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The end was surely near.
The Nazis killed you only when you were naked,
because they knew, psychologically, that naked people never resist.
- Simon Wiesenthal

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Discovering witnesses is just as important as catching criminals.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Justice for crimes against humanity must have no limitations.
- Simon Wiesenthal

God must have been on leave during the Holocaust.
- Simon Wiesenthal

We know that we are not collectively guilty,
so how can we accuse any other nation,
no matter what some of its people have done,
of being collectively guilty?
- Simon Wiesenthal

Technology without hatred can be a blessing.
Technology with hatred is always a disaster.
- Simon Wiesenthal

What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Humour is the weapon of unarmed people:
it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.
- Simon Wiesenthal

When history looks back, I want people to know that
the Nazis could not kill millions of people with impunity.
- Simon Wiesenthal

For your benefit, learn from our tragedy.
It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.
It can also be other people.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Survival is a privilege which entails obligations.
I am forever asking myself what I can do for those who have not survived.
- Simon Wiesenthal

The schools would fail through their silence,
the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through
the denial and silence of the parents.
The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it.
- Simon Wiesenthal

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

World War II was the last government program that really worked.
- George Will

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
- Mao Tse-Tung

The test of our progress is not whether we add more
to the abundance of those who have much it is whether
we provide enough for those who have little.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are no extraordinary men...
just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
- William Halsey

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust;
its sole ammunition,
the collective hopes of our society.
- Irving R. Kaufman

The construction of Europe is an art.
It is the art of the possible.
- Jacques Chirac

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

Generally speaking, historically in this country,
the care of a child has been thought of as female business.
- Eddie Bernice Johnson

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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