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The history of mankind is confined within a limited period,
by Adam Ferguson

The history of mankind is confined within a limited period,
and from every quarter brings an intimation that human
affairs have had a beginning.
- Adam Ferguson

Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.
- Adam Ferguson

In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights,
the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
- Adam Ferguson

The artist finds, that the more he can confine his
attention to a particular part of any work,
his productions are the more perfect,
and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
- Adam Ferguson

 

Like the winds that we come we know not whence and
blow whither soever they list,
the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin.
They arise before the date of philosophy,
from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
- Adam Ferguson

Every step and every movement of the multitude,
even in what are termed enlightened ages,
are made with equal blindness to the future;
and nations stumble upon establishments,
which are indeed the result of human action,
but not the execution of any human design.
- Adam Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

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

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan;
you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher

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

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry,
because we didn't think it was fair in the history
books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
- Dick Gregory

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

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

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual.
If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution.
It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
- Vladimir Lenin

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

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.
- Nikita Khrushchev

An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold,
and her preparations for viewing were awesome.
- William Manchester

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even
if it leads to the president.
I'm innocent.
You've got to believe I'm innocent.
If you don't, take my job.
- Richard M. Nixon

Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm.
There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots.
I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris,
I used to go out and riot occasionally.
- John Foster Dulles

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
- Herbert Hoover

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
- Calvin Coolidge


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