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

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

Related topics: History

I think we're glazing eyes all across America.
- Ted Koppel

I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years,
and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming.
- Ted Koppel

I have the necessary lack of tact.
- Ted Koppel

 

People shouldn't expect the mass media to do investigative stories.
That job belongs to the 'fringe' media.
- Ted Koppel

The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job
as a journalist as I can possibly do.
- Ted Koppel

My function is, as objectively and accurately as I can,
to present reality to people out there,
and doing that as quickly as we do is quite difficult enough,
thank you.
- Ted Koppel

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My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us
to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
- Ted Koppel

In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters.
Now network presidents have anchormen.
- Ted Koppel

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted.
In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder.
It is a howling reproach.
- Ted Koppel

More than four thousand programs produced and consumed.
Some of them were pretty good, a great many of them were forgettable;
but a handful may even be worth a book.
- Ted Koppel

Emotions get in the way but they don't pay me to start
crying at the loss of 269 lives.
They pay me to put some perspective on the situation.
- Ted Koppel

There is something very very special,
universal and easily identifiable among all Jews;
it is beyond territory,
it is something we all have in common.
- Ted Koppel

There is no more respected or influential forum in
the field of journalism than the New York Times.
I look forward, with great anticipation,
to contributing to its op-ed page.
- Ted Koppel

To call something an 'enhanced interrogation technique'
doesn't alter the fact that we thought it was torture
when the Japanese used it on American prisoners,
we thought it was torture when the North Koreans used it,
we thought it was torture when the Soviets used it.
You know, it's almost the moral equivalent of saying
that rape is an enhanced seduction technique.
- Ted Koppel

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

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

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

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

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 vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

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

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
- George S. Patton

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been
declared impossible before they were done.
- Louis D. Brandeis

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

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

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

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

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
- Epicurus

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

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried
out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror.
They were acts of war.
- George W. Bush

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

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax
their lives with forethought of grief...
For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.
- Wendell Berry

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

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

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

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

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

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


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