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

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

Related topics: History

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to
allow oneself to be devoured.
- Konrad Adenauer

The art of politics consists in knowing precisely when
it is necessary to hit an opponent slightly below the belt.
- Konrad Adenauer

Kennedy cooked the soup that Johnson had to eat.
- Konrad Adenauer

 

A thick skin is a gift from God.
- Konrad Adenauer

All parts of the human body get tired eventually -
except the tongue.
- Konrad Adenauer

The rare case where the conquered is very satisfied with the conqueror.
- Konrad Adenauer

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Only the stupidest calves choose their own butcher.
- Konrad Adenauer

In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man,
it seems unfair that He did not also limit his stupidity.
- Konrad Adenauer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

The lessons of the past provide the path to the future.
- Anonymous

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
- Douglas MacArthur

You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
- George M. Humphrey

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

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

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
- Augustine Birrell

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay.
They were filthy, and they were lousy,
and they stunk.
And I loved them.
- Douglas MacArthur

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

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

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak,
not the right to spend.
- Byron White

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

One who comes to the Court must come to adore,
not to protest.
That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.
- William O. Douglas

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

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- Samuel Butler

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

In the long term we can hope that religion will change
the nature of man and reduce conflict.
But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
- Richard M. Nixon

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus

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

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

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace,
irrespective of race, religion and political convictions,
for the benefit of mankind.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
- Dante Alighieri

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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