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History Quotes

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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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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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had
a depression named for him.
- Herbert Hoover

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

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

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

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

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

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

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

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever
invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
- Irving R. Kaufman

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

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

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

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

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

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

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

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

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

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

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

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

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve
the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
- Margaret Thatcher

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

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

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the
core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.
- Sandra Day O'Connor


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