History Quotes

 A country losing touch with its own history is like an old man losing his glasses, a distressing sight, at once vulnerable, unsure, and easily disoriented. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 A good deal of so-called atheism is itself, from my point of view, theologically significant. It is the working of God in history, and judgement upon the pious. An authentic prophet can and should be a radical critic of spurious piety, of sham spirituality. 
Author: James Luther Adams
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1901  - d. 26 July 1994
  
 A land without ruins is a land without memories - a land without memories is a land without history. 
Author: Abram Joseph Ryan
Nationality: American
b. 15 August 1838  - d. 22 April 1886
  
 A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. 
Author: John Maynard Keynes
Nationality: British
b. 05 June 1883  - d. 21 April 1946
  
 Cooking was invented in prehistoric times, when a primitive tribe had a lucky accident. The tribe had killed an animal and was going to eat it raw, when a tribe member named Woog tripped and dropped it into the fire. At first the other tribe members were angry at Woog, but then, as the aroma of burning meat filled the air, they had an idea. So they ate Woog raw."o eyewitness accounts of an accident, it makes you wonder about history. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 All history is a record of the power of minorities, and of minorities of one. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Molière
Nationality: French
b. 15 January 1622  - d. 17 February 1673
  
 America became top nation and history came to a full stop. 
Author: Walter Carruthers Sellar
Nationality: English
b. 27 December 1898  - d. 11 June 1951
  
 America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. 
Author: Georges Clemenceau
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1841  - d. 24 November 1929
  
 Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Assassination has never changed the history of the world. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1. Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2. Advising the President. 3. Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin. 
Author: David Letterman
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 Biography is the only true history. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Blood alone moves the wheels of history. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 Can government really be active and, at the same time, limited? History suggests otherwise. 
Author: Lew Rockwell
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left. 
Author: Robert Staughton Lynd
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1970
  
 Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 Do not let us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days - the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 During the Depression, or back when we were fighting Hitler, people didn't have time to sue a company if the coffee was too hot. There were urgent, pressing problems. If you think you have it tough, read history books. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles. 
Author: Og Mandino
Nationality: American
b. December 1923  - d.  December 1996
  
 Every time history repeats itself, the price goes up.I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success the earliest spark in the dreaming youth - is this: dream a great dream. 
Author: John A. Appleman
Nationality: American   
 Experience has always shown, and reason also, that affairs which depend on many seldom succeed. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it ''joy''? 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday. 
Author: John Herschel Glenn
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1921
  
 For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum. 
Author: J. Schopf
Nationality: American   
 For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 For no man can write anything who does not think that what he writes is, for the time, the history of the world. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders. 
Author: Margaret Mead
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1901  - d. 15 November 1978
  
 For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. 
Author: Charles Sumner
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1811  - d. 11 March 1874
  
 Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium. 
Author: Milan Kundera
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. December 1929
  
 History is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. 
Author: B. C. Forbes
Nationality: Scottish
b. 14 May 1880  - d. 6 May 1954
  
 History has its truth; and so has legend hers. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 History has proven, God has never given anyone a dream Without also including the power to achieve that dream; It is up to us to claim the power and go after that dream, Or just claim , it was only a dream. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it. 
Author: Carl Sandburg
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1878  - d. 22 July 1967
  
 History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. 
Author: James Joyce
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 February 1882  - d. 13 January 1941
  
 History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 History is always best written generations after the event, when clouded fact and memory have all fused into what can be accepted as truth, whether it be so or not. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 History is an illogical record. It hinges on nothing. It is a story that changes and has accidents and recovers with scars. 
Author: Gretel Ehrlich
Nationality: American   
 History is more or less bunk. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 History is powerful stuff. One day your world is fine. The next day it's knocked for a metaphysical loop. Was Napoleon really at Waterloo? Would that change what I had for breakfast? 
Author: Henry Bromel
Nationality: American   
 History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 History never looks like history when you are living through it. 
Author: John W. Gardner
Nationality: Roman
b. 8 October 1912  - d. 16 February 2002
  
 History repeats itself; that's one of the things that's wrong with history. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: Roman
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. 
Author: Milton Friedman
Nationality: American
b. 31 July 1912  - d. 16 November 2006
  
 History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. 
Author: Ronald Reagan
Nationality: American
b. 6 February 1911  - d. 5 June 2004
  
 History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution... It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error, of prevailing against the dungeon and the stake. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 History to the defeated May say Alas but cannot help nor pardon. 
Author: W. H. Auden
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1907  - d. 29 September 1973
  
 History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 History would be an excellent thing, if only it were true. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 History, by apprising people of the past, will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. 
Author: H. G. Wells
Nationality: English
b. 21 September 1866  - d. 13 August 1946
  
 I am not caused by my history - my parents, my childhood and development. These are mirrors in which I may catch glimpses of my image. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 I am responsible only to God and history. 
Author: General Francisco Franco
Nationality: Spanish
b. 04 December 1892  - d. 20 November 1975
  
 I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 I have always been an enemy of half measures or weak decisions. If the Providence has so willed that the German people cannot be spared this fight, then I can only be grateful that it entrusted me with the leadership in this historic struggle which, for the next 500 or 1,000 years, will be described as decisive, not only for the history of Germany, but for the whole of Europe and indeed the whole world. The German people and their soldiers are working and fighting today, not only for the present, but for the coming, nay the most distant, generations. A historical revision on a unique scale has been imposed on us by the Creator. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I have read somewhere or other - in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I think - that History is Philosophy teaching by examples. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. 
Author: Patrick Henry
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1736  - d. 6 June 1799
  
 I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I once asked my history teacher how we were expected to learn anything useful from his subject, when it seemed to me to be nothing but a monotonous and sordid succession of robber baron scumbags devoid of any admirable human qualities. I failed history. 
Author: Sting
Nationality: English
b. 2 October 1951
  
 I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball. 
Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 April 1952
  
 I would rather be a one-term President and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term President at the cost of seeing America become a second-rate power and to see this Nation accept the first defeat in its proud 190-year history. 
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1913  - d. 22 April 1994
  
 If Cleopatra's nose had been shorter the whole history of the world would have been different. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience! 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. 
Author: Warren Buffett
Nationality: American
b. December 1930
  
 If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia. 
Author: Hans Bethe
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1906  - d. 6 May 2005
  
 If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life; the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show; and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. 
Author: Charles Krauthammer
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1950
  
 If you don't know your family's history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. 
Author: Michael Chrichton
Nationality: American   
 If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 If you want to make people weep, you must weep yourself. If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time - literally - substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it. 
Author: Peter F. Drucker
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1909  - d. 11 November 2005
  
 In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Only one who knows the disastrous effects of a long war can realize the supreme importance of rapidity in bringing it to a close. 
Author: Sun Tzu
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 544  - d.  December 496
  
 In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from. 
Author: Peter F. Drucker
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1909  - d. 11 November 2005
  
 In history, nothing is true but the names and dates. In fiction, everything is true but the names and dates. 
Author: American Proverb
Nationality: American   
 In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility-I welcome it. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 It doesn't matter to me if a man is from Harvard or Sing Sing. We hire the man, not his history. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true: that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon - so long as there is no answer to it - gives claws to the weak. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. 
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 20 November 1925  - d. 6 June 1968
  
 It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 It is not the object of war to annihilate those who have given provocation for it, but to cause them to mend their ways; not to ruin the innocent and guilty alike, but to save both. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 It is the minority that has stood in the vain of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world. 
Author: John B. Gough
Nationality: Greek   
 It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. 
Author: Henry James
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1843  - d. 28 February 1916
  
 It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition. 
Author: Henry James
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1843  - d. 28 February 1916
  
 It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 Jews were the first to believe that history itself has meaning and that progress, not repetition, is the law of life.  
Author: Barbara Ward
Nationality: English
b. 23 May 1914  - d. 31 May 1981
  
 Journalism is merely history's first draft. 
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1940
  
 Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. 
Author: Walt Whitman
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1819  - d. 26 March 1892
  
 Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or culture also becomes a dead people. 
Author: Malcolm X
Nationality: American
b. 19 May 1925  - d. 21 February 1965
  
 Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 Kennedy was lucky to have Galbraith. And Australian prime Ministers, from Curtin on, were lucky to have Coombs. He was no coward. And were he alive would tell Howard that if he wants to go down in history as a hero, he'll have to be brave enough to tell the US, politely but firmly, No. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 Knowing how to win is the first step. We must also know how to make use of our victories. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years ... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart. 
Author: George Matthew Adams
Nationality: American
b. 23 August 1878  - d. 29 October 1962
  
 Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of. 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 Live out of your imagination, not your history. 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 Love is the history of a woman's life; it is an episode in man's. 
Author: Madame de Stael
Nationality: American   
 Loyalty is a realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation. 
Author: Henry S. Commager
Nationality: American
b. 25 October 1902  - d. 02 March 1998
  
 Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis. 
Author: John Dewey
Nationality: American
b. 20 October 1859  - d. 1 June 1952
  
 May it not be that, just as we have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us? 
Author: W. H. Auden
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1907  - d. 29 September 1973
  
 Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads.One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness.The other, to total extinction.Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads.One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction.Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. 
Author: Thomas Hardy
Nationality: English
b. 02 June 1840  - d. 11 January 1928
  
 Neither at the time nor after did I think the Missile Crisis the great and successful episode in our history it was though by some. It showed on the contrary how fragile, almost negligible, is the issue of our existence when it passes under the control of domestic political exigency. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Nixon had three goals: to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history; to be remembered as a peacemaker; and to be accepted by the 'Establishment' as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession. 
Author: Henry Kissinger
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1923
  
 No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 No State known to history originated in any other manner, or for any other purpose. Like all predatory or parasitic institutions, its first instinct is that of self-preservation. All its enterprises are directed first towards preserving its own life, and, second, towards increasing its own power and enlarging the scope of its own activity. For the sake of this it will, and regularly does, commit any crime which circumstances make expedient. 
Author: Albert Jay Nock
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1870  - d. 19 August 1945
  
 Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. 
Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1892  - d. 1 June 1971
  
 Now that all the relevant documents are being made public we shall stand at the bar of history knowing that the responsibility for this terrible catastrophe lies on the shoulders of one man - the German Chancellor, who has not hesitated to plunge the world into misery in order to serve his own senseless ambitions. 
Author: Neville Chamberlain
Nationality: British
b. 18 March 1869  - d. 9 November 1940
  
 On any occasion when one can discover the cause of events, one should not resort to the gods. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 There have been four sorts of ages in the world's history. There have been ages when everybody thought they knew everything, ages when nobody thought they knew anything, ages when clever people thought they knew much and stupid people thought they knew little, and ages when stupid people thought they knew much and clever people thought they knew little. The first sort of age is one of stability, the second of slow decay, the third of progress, the fourth of disaster. All primitive ages belong to the first sort: no one has any doubt as to the tribal religion, the wisdom of ancient customs, or the magic by which good crops are to be secured; consequently everyone is happy in the absence of some tangible reason, such as starvation, for being unhappy. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 On whatever side we regard the history of Europe, we shall perceive it to be a tissue of crimes, follies and misfortunes. 
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Nationality: British
b. 10 November 1730  - d. 4 April 1774
  
 Once the visitor was told rather repetitively that this city was the melting pot; never before in history had so many people of such varied languages, customs, colors and culinary habits lived so amicably together. Although New York remains peaceful by most standards, this self-congratulation is now less often heard, since it was discovered some years ago that racial harmony depended unduly on the willingness of the blacks (and latterly the Puerto Ricans) to do for the other races the meanest jobs at the lowest wages and then to return to live by themselves in the worst slums. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 Our true history is scarcely ever deciphered by others.The chief part of the drama is a monologue, or rather an intimate debate between God, our conscience, and ourselves.Tears, grieves, depressions, disappointments, irritations, good and evil thoughts, decisions, uncertainties, deliberations - all these belong to our secret, and are almost all incommunicable and intransmissible, even when we try to speak of them, and even when we write them down. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 Perhaps nothing has changed in the course of history as much as historians. 
Author: Franklin P. Jones
Nationality: American
b. December 1881  - d.  December 1960
  
 Perhaps one of the greatest discoveries in history is this simple truth: you become that which you think about most of the time. No one is smarter than you, no one is better than you, no one has more inborn talent than you. But successful people, at one point or another, set their minds on becoming that which they have now become. 
Author: Brian Tracy
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1944
  
 Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make. 
Author: Ruth Fulton Benedict
Nationality: American
b. 5 June 1887  - d. 17 September 1948
  
 Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Some people make headlines while others make history. 
Author: Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Nationality: American
b. 08 September 1949
  
 That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The Constitution supposes what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature. If a president is successful in bypassing the Congress it is evident that the people are cheated out of the best ingredients in the government, the safeguards of peace which is the greatest of their blessings. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 The first lesson of history is the good of evil. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The first lesson of history, is, that evil is good. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours. 
Author: Jean Jules Jusserand
Nationality: French
b. 18 February 1855  - d. 18 July 1932
  
 The great battleground for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe... the lands of the rising peoples. Their revolution is the greatest in human history. They seek an end to injustice, tyranny and exploitation. More than an end, they seek a beginning. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The great thing about History is that it is adaptable. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 The greatest man in history was the poorest. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. 
Author: George Eliot
Nationality: English
b. 22 November 1819  - d. 22 December 1880
  
 The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phase, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question How can we eat? the second by the question Why do we eat? and the third by the question Where shall we have lunch? 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 The history of our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The history of Western philosophy is, after all, no more than a series of footnotes to Plato's philosophy. 
Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1861  - d. 30 December 1947
  
 The hydrogen bomb is history's exclamation point. It ends an age-long sentence of manifest violence. 
Author: Marshall McLuhan
Nationality: Canadian
b. 21 July 1911  - d. 31 December 1980
  
 The main thing is to make history, not to write it. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. 
Author: William Edgar Borah
Nationality: American
b. 29 June 1865  - d. 19 January 1940
  
 The men who make history have not time to write it. 
Author: Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich
Nationality: Austrian
b. December 1773  - d.  December 1859
  
 The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage. 
Author: Carl N. Degler
Nationality: American
b. 06 February 1921
  
 The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history. 
Author: General Lew Wallace
Nationality: American
b. 10 April 1827  - d. 15 January 1905
  
 The most diverse administration in history is also one of the most successful in history. 
Author: Al Gore
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1948
  
 The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other nation in history, love to abase themselves and proclaim their unworthiness, and seem to find refreshment in doing so... That is a dark frivolity, but still frivolity. 
Author: Robertson Davies
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1913  - d.  December 1995
  
 The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. 
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 1893  - d.  December 1976
  
 The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts... nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving. 
Author: H W. Westermayer
Nationality: Chinese   
 The reign of imagagology begins where history ends. 
Author: Milan Kundera
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. December 1929
  
 The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom. 
Author: Jean Bodin
Nationality: French
b. December 1530  - d.  December 1596
  
 The tragedy suffered by the United States is a tragedy to every democratic nation. 
Author: Ferenc Madl
Nationality: Hungarian
b. December 1931
  
 The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 The whole history of civilisation is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards. 
Author: Walter Bagehot
Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826  - d. 28 March 1877
  
 The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters 
Author: Frederick Douglass
Nationality: American
b. December 1817  - d. 20 February 1895
  
 The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 The world's history is the world's judgement. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 There is a history in all men's lives, Figuring the nature of the times deceas'd. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. I do not think that the knowledge which I have gained of its history and sources compensates me for the unpleasant details it has forced upon my attention. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 There is no more dangerous misconception than this which misconstrues the arms race as the cause rather than a symptom of the tensions and divisions which threaten nuclear war. If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament-disarmament follows peace. 
Author: Bernard Mannes Baruch
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1870  - d. 20 June 1965
  
 There is nothing new under the sun except the history people have forgotten. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 There is nothing that strengthens a nation like reading of a nation's own history, whether that history is recorded in books or embodied in customs, institutions and monuments. 
Author: Joseph Anderson
Nationality: American
b. 5 November 1757  - d. 17 April 1837
  
 There is properly no history; only biography. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 There was no word of hero in his plan; Verse should have been his love and peace his trade, But history turned him to a partisan. 
Author: John Manifold
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 April 1915  - d. 19 April 1985
  
 These terrorist actions, prepared in cold blood, against the people, the society and the institutions of the United States are unprecedented in history. 
Author: Ferenc Madl
Nationality: Hungarian
b. December 1931
  
 They teach English history for an hour a week, so if you go the the lavatory, you miss the Spanish Armada. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 Thousand were submitted to the cruelest torture these men could devise; the flesh of their victims was torn with red hot pincers, and molten lead poured into the wounds; many suffered the agonies of the hoist and the water torture; some were racked to death; some were burned at the stake; every means of dealing pain and indignity to the human body was explored; and all this was done in the name of One who had commanded his followers to love one another. 
Author: Eleanor Hibbert
Nationality: British
b. 01 September 1906  - d. 18 January 1993
  
 Throughout history, Iraqis never allowed foreigners to stay on their homeland. 
Author: Saddam Hussein
Nationality: Iraqi
b. 28 April 1937  - d. 30 December 2006
  
 Throughout the history of the United States, war has been the primary impetus behind the growth and development of the central state. It has been the lever by which presidents and other national officials have bolstered the power of the state in the face of tenacious popular resistance. 
Author: Bruce Porter
Nationality: Iraqi   
 To a surprising extent the war-lords in shining armor, the apostles of the martial virtues, tend not to die fighting when the time comes. History is full of ignominious getaways by the great and famous. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 To rule self and subdue our passions is the more praiseworthy because so few know how to do it. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinised before we rely on them. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 We Americans have faith in ourselves, but not in ourselves alone. We do not claim to know all the ways of providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life and all of history. May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America. Thank you. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 We are a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland. 
Author: Theodore Parker
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1810  - d. 10 May 1860
  
 We are confident that we can penetrate any enemy defenses with our missiles. We know that we are more than the equal of any nation in the world. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 We are living in the machine age.For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine.Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion. 
Author: Fred Allen
Nationality: American
b. 31 May 1894  - d. 17 March 1956
  
 We are outraged by terrorism, which threatens and devastates human lives and institutions in such a limitless fashion. 
Author: Ferenc Madl
Nationality: Hungarian
b. December 1931
  
 We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales. 
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Nationality: English
b. December 1903  - d.  December 1966
  
 We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration. 
Author: Milan Kundera
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. December 1929
  
 We ended the rule of one of history's worst tyrants, and in so doing, we not only freed the American people, we made our own people more secure. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 We fight to great disadvantage when we fight with those who have nothing to lose. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We learn from history that we do not learn from history. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 We should not pretend that we are automatons, seeking out law or truth or facts without them ever touching our conscience. Both law and history are disciplines embedded in justice and ethics. 
Author: Katherine Biber
Nationality: Australian   
 We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We're trying to show that we're not a little bit of England in America, but a place for Americans to gain a better perspective on their own history. 
Author: Louis Booker Wright
Nationality: American
b. December 1899  - d.  December 1984
  
 What a strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day. 
Author: Grandma Moses
Nationality: American
b. December 1860  - d.  December 1961
  
 What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world. 
Author: John B. Gough
Nationality: German   
 What is desperately needed... is the skepticism and the sense of history that a liberal arts education provides. 
Author: Felix G. Rohatyn
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1928
  
 What is history but a fable agreed upon? 
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right. 
Author: Eugene Victor Debs
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1855  - d. 20 October 1926
  
 When the history of our time is written, what will most amaze posterity is that John Howard's debasement of political debate - for 'the integrity of our national borders' read 'drown, if need be, the foreign scum' - was not cursed roundly from every editorial. That no-one said the obvious, that the ordinary Australian's fear of intruders, like the fear of burglars, can be easily understood, but John Howard's playing on it was morally contemptible. 
Author: Bob Ellis
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1942
  
 When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. 
Author: Barbara Bloom
Nationality: American   
 Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you! 
Author: Nikita Khrushchev
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 April 1894  - d. 11 September 1971
  
 With history piling up too fast, almost every day is the anniversary of something awful. 
Author: Joe Brainard
Nationality: Russian
b. December 1942  - d.  December 1994
  
 Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. 
Author: Erica Jong
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1942
  
 Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Written history is, in fact, nothing of the kind. It is the fragmentary record of the often inexplicable actions of innumerable bewildered human beings, set down and interpreted according to their own limitations by other human beings, equally bewildered. The tribunal of history judges about as fairly as an average bench of magistrates; which is exactly what it is. 
Author: Dame C. V. Wedgewood
Nationality: English
b. December 1910  - d.  December 1997
  
 You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accomodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others, will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself-educating your own judgement. Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this society. 
Author: Doris Lessing
Nationality: British
b. 22 October 1919
  
 You vote for me and I'll give you family values. I promise you the most ethical administration in the history of our country. 
Author: Bill Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1946
  
 Each day of your life, as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you can square away for a happy and successful day. It's the mood and the purpose at the inception of each day that are the important facts in charting your course for the day. We can always square away for a fresh start, no matter what the past has been. It's today that is the paramount problem always. Yesterday is but history. 
Author: George Matthew Adams
Nationality: American
b. 23 August 1878  - d. 29 October 1962
  
 Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself. 
Author: Richard Cohen
Nationality: American   
 Not only the studying and writing of history but also the honoring of it both represent affirmations of a certain defiant faith - a desperate, unreasoning faith, if you will-but faith nevertheless in the endurance of this threatened world-faith in the total essentiality of historical continuity.  
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning. 
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 Love is the final end of the world's history, the Amen of the universe. 
Author: Novalis
Nationality: German
b. 02 May 1772  - d. 25 March 1801
  
 Throughout history, it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another. Now, that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months. 
Author: Dee W. Hock
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 If the only new thing we have to offer is an improved version of the past, then today can only be inferior to yesterday. Hypnotized by images of the past, we risk losing all capacity for creative change.  
Author: Robert Hewison
Nationality: British
b. December 1943
  
 I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history. 
Author: Russell Lynes
Nationality: American
b. December 1910  - d.  December 1991
  
 After all my years of playing soldiers, and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East, to see fighting, and to serve. 
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 Eileen Power dealt with history. She became distinguished for her fine scholarship and her utter charm, which captivated many of both sexes. 
Author: Dora Russell
Nationality: English
b. 3 April 1894  - d. 31 May 1986
  
 Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mists of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say "God Save the Queen", because nothing will save the Governor-General. The proclamation you have just heard was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will go down in history as Kerr's cur.  
Author: Gough Whitlam
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 July 1916
  
 A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 To separate journalism and poetry, therefore-history and poetry-to set them up at opposite ends of the world of discourse, is to separate seeing from the feel of seeing, emotion from the acting of emotion, knowledge from the realization of knowledge. 
Author: Archibald MacLeish
Nationality: American
b. 7 May 1892  - d. 20 April 1982
  
 The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities. 
Author: Susan Sontag
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1933  - d. 28 December 2004
  
 Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. 
Author: Thomas Sowell
Nationality: American
b. 30 June 1930
  
 You have that scale, that big, heroic epic. Epic really is the story of man on man, history or myth and their circumstances. 
Author: Peter O'toole
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 August 1932
  
 Few passages of history are more striking than those which record the efforts of the earlier French Jesuits to convert the Indians. 
Author: Francis Parkman
Nationality: American
b. 16 September 1823  - d. 08 November 1893
  
 History shows how feeble are barriers of paper. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands. 
Author: John Lothrop Motley
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1814  - d. 29 May 1877
  
 The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. 
Author: Ruth Fulton Benedict
Nationality: American
b. 5 June 1887  - d. 17 September 1948
  
 It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. 
Author: Richard Phillips Feynman
Nationality: American
b. 11 May 1918  - d. 15 February 1988
  
 History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 It's a struggle but that's why we exist, so that another generation of Lesbians of color will not have to invent themselves, or their history, all over again. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule. 
Author: Jefferson Finis Davis
Nationality: American
b. 3 June 1808  - d. 6 December 1889
  
 But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail. 
Author: Pete Seeger
Nationality: American
b. December 1919
  
 We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman. 
Author: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Nationality: American
b. 12 November 1815  - d. 26 October 1902
  
 We who are prosperous and independent have not sufficient homogeneity to champion on the ground of a common creed, common stock, a common history, a common heritage of misfortune, the rights of the lowest and poorest Jew-peddler who flees, for life and liberty of thought, from Slavonic mobs. 
Author: Emma Lazarus
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1849  - d. 19 November 1887
  
 History has shown us all too often the consequences of dreaming poorly or not at all. 
Author: Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer
Nationality: American
b. December 1968
  
 Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it. 
Author: Jean Anouilh
Nationality: French
b. 23 June 1910  - d. 3 October 1987
  
 History is the story of events, with praise or blame. 
Author: Cotton Mather
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1663  - d. 13 February 1728
  
 When I give advice to young writers, I tell them NOT to major in English or any sort of writing (especially not journalism!), but rather to get a humanities or liberal arts degree with heavy emphasis on history and general science. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now. 
Author: Orson Scott Card
Nationality: American
b. 24 August 1951
  
 I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began. 
Author: John Henrik Clarke
Nationality: American
b. 1 January 1915  - d. 16 July 1998
  
 It was one of history's great love stories, the mutually profitable romance which Hollywood and bohunk America conducted almost in the dark, a tapping of fervent messages through the wall of the San Gabriel Range. 
Author: John Updike
Nationality: American
b. 18 March 1932  - d. 27 January 2009
  
 I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history. 
Author: Humphrey Bogart
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1899  - d. 14 January 1957
  
 There are two great classes of men: the people and the scholars, the men of science. For the former, nothing exists but that which directly leads to action. It is for the latter to see beyond. They are the free artists who create the future and its history, the conscious architects of the world.  
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 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. 
Author: François Maurice Adrien Marie Mitterrand
Nationality: French
b. 26 October 1916  - d. 08 January 1996
  
 Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 I guess I've played a lot of victims, but that's what a lot of the history of women is about. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 I esteem this century, now at its close, to have deserved a record among those which have been great landmarks in human history. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history. 
Author: Ralph David Abernathy
Nationality: American
b. 11 March 1926  - d. 17 April 1990
  
 But a lot of womyn are working with witchcraft. That's a very strong womyn's history. 
Author: Kathy Acker
Nationality: American
b. 18 April 1947  - d. 30 November 1997
  
 Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm not a dictator. It's just that I have a grumpy face.  
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had I dedicate to God and to Chile, because I kept Chile from becoming Communist. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 What is needed is a move beyond tradition, nothing less than a reform movement to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age, a Muslim Islamic Reformation to combat not only the jihadist ideologues but also the dusty, stifling seminaries of the traditionalists, throwing open the windows to let in much-needed fresh air. It is high time, for starters, that Muslims were able to study the revelation of their religion as an event inside history, not supernaturally above it. Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace. 
Author: Sir Salman Rushdie
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1947
  
 If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. 
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Nationality: English
b. 30 December 1865  - d. 18 January 1936
  
 The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 The children are taught more of the meanest state in Europe than of the country they are born and bred in, despite the singularity of its characteristics, the interest of its history, the rapidity of its advance, and the stupendous promise of its future.  
Author: Henry Lawson
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 June 1867  - d. 2 September 1922
  
 To this wonderful page in our country's history another more glorious still will be added, and the slave shall show at last to his free brothers a sharpened sword forged from the links of his fetters. 
Author: Giuseppe Garibaldi
Nationality: Italian
b. 4 July 1807  - d. 2 June 1882
  
 No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak who is capable of settling the much-vexed questions of the day. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense, it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The hidden significance of these fables which is sometimes thought to have been detected, the ethics running parallel to the poetry and history, are not so remarkable as the readiness with which they may be made to express a variety of truths. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn. In the history of the human mind, these glowing and ruddy fables precede the noonday thoughts of men, as Aurora the sun's rays. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies. 
Author: Dean Acheson
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1893  - d. 12 October 1971
  
 I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed. 
Author: George Allen
Nationality: American
b. 8 March 1952
  
 History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations. 
Author: Kofi Annan
Nationality: Ghanaian
b. 8 April 1938
  
 What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy. 
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 While the U.S. may preach democracy and freedom for all, the U.S. has a history of promoting, supporting and allying itself with non-democratic and repressive organizations and states. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 A sudden dart when a little over a hundred feet from the end of the track, or a little over 120 feet from the point at which it rose into the air, ended the flight. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Before leaving camp in 1902 we were already at work on the general design of a new machine which we proposed to propel with a motor. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Just as the machine was ready for test, bad weather set in. It had been disagreeably cold for several weeks, so cold that we could scarcely work on the machine some days. But now we began to have rain and snow, and a wind of 25 to 30 miles blew for sever al days from the north.  
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them! 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Before leaving for our camp at Kitty Hawk we tested the chain drive for the propellers in our shop at Dayton, and found it satisfactory. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In just six weeks from the time the design was started, we had the motor on the block testing its power. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 In our gliding experiments we had had a number of experiences in which we had landed upon one wing, but the crushing of the wing had absorbed the shock, so that we were not uneasy about the motor in case of a landing of that kind. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We laid the track on a smooth stretch of ground about one hundred feet north of the new building. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 No data on air propellers was available, but we had always understood that it was not a difficult matter to secure an efficiency of 50% with marine propellers. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We estimated that we could make one of four cylinders with 4 inch bore and 4 inch stroke, weighing not over two hundred pounds, including all accessories. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We decided to place the motor to one side of the man, so that in case of a plunge head first, the motor could not fall upon him. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 One of the Life Saving men snapped the camera for us, taking a picture just as the machine had reached the end of the track and had risen to a height of about two feet. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The course of the flight up and down was exceedingly erratic, partly due to the irregularity of the air, and partly to lack of experience in handling this machine. The control of the front rudder was difficult on account of its being balanced too near the center. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Our only experience up to that time in the building of gasoline motors had been in the construction of an air-cooled motor, 5 inch bore and 7 inch stroke, which was used to run the machinery of our small workshop. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.  
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 The ability to do this so quickly was largely due to the enthusiastic and efficient services of Mr. C.E. Taylor, who did all the machine work in our shop for the first as well as the succeeding experimental machines. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We left Dayton, September 23, and arrived at our camp at Kill Devil Hill on Friday, the 25th. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 With twelve horse power at our command, we considered that we could permit the weight of the machine with operator to rise to 750 or 800 pounds, and still have as much surplus power as we had originally allowed for in the first estimate of 550 pounds. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We realized that the thrust generated by a propeller when standing stationary was no indication of the thrust when in motion. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Wilbur, having used his turn in the unsuccessful attempt on the 14th, the right to the first trial now belonged to me. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty-seven mile wind, even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 When the machine had been fastened with a wire to the track, so that it could not start until released by the operator, and the motor had been run to make sure that it was in condition, we tossed a coin to decide who should have the first trial. Wilbur won. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We were then satisfied that, with proper lubrication and better adjustments, a little more power could be expected. The completion of the motor according to drawing was, therefore, proceeded with at once. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 While we were awaiting the arrival of the shipment of ma machinery and parts from Dayton, we were busy putting the old building in repair, and erecting a new building to serve as a workshop for assembling and housing the new machine. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 We came down here for wind and sand, and we have got them. 
Author: Orville Wright
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1871  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 I regret and suffer those losses, but it's God's will. He will pardon me if I committed excesses, but I don't think I did. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The only history is a mere question of one's struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations. 
Author: John Simmons Barth
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1930
  
 We have just won the most terrible war in history, yet here is a Frenchman who misses his target 6 out of 7 times at point-blank range. Of course this fellow must be punished for the careless use of a dangerous weapon and for poor marksmanship. I suggest that he be locked up for eight years, with intensive training in a shooting gallery. 
Author: Georges Clemenceau
Nationality: French
b. 28 September 1841  - d. 24 November 1929
  
 For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study. 
Author: Nicholaus Copernicus
Nationality: Prussian
b. 19 February 1473  - d. 24 May 1543
  
 Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.  
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. 
Author: David Brinkley
Nationality: American
b. 10 July 1920  - d. 11 June 2003
  
 History is philosophy teaching by example. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 At Munich we sold the Czechs for a few months grace, but the disgrace will last as long as history. 
Author: F. L. Lucas
Nationality: English
b. December 1894  - d.  December 1967
  
 Rarely in broadcasting history has so much been riding on the whimsical flick of a few thousand wrists. 
Author: Harriet van Horne
Nationality: American
b. 17 May 1920  - d. 15 January 1998
  
 I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments. 
Author: F. A. von Hayek
Nationality: Austrian
b. 8 May 1899  - d. 23 March 1992
  
 I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class. 
Author: Tim Robbins
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1958
  
 Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Having a track record to live up to and the history of successes had become a hindrance. It becomes harder to break out of what people expect you to do. 
Author: Paul Simon
Nationality: American
b. 13 October 1941
  
 The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat. 
Author: Michael Phillip Ondaatje
Nationality: Canadian
b. 12 September 1943
  
 Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. 
Author: Robert Orben
Nationality: American
b. 4 March 1927
  
 We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development. 
Author: Friedrich Engels
Nationality: German
b. 28 December 1820  - d. 5 August 1895
  
 The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving - as if it were an individual person - its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 Revolutions are the locomotives of history. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.  
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 In 1974, the modeling world changed. Jerry Ford and my lawyer negotiated the deal for the first exclusive contract in modeling history. 
Author: Lauren Hutton
Nationality: American
b. 17 November 1943
  
 In the history of the treatment of depression, there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile, hoses, attempts to shock the patient. All of these represent hatred or aggression towards what depression represents in the patient. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages. 
Author: Auguste Rodin
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1840  - d. 17 November 1917
  
 Most foreign policies that history has marked highly, in whatever country, have been originated by leaders who were opposed by experts. 
Author: Henry Kissinger
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1923
  
 We can see nothing whatever of the soul unless it is visible in the expression of the countenance. One might call the faces at a large assembly of people a history of the human soul written in a kind of Chinese ideograms. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Sometimes history needs a push. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.  
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 And History will smile to think that this is the species for which Socrates and Jesus Christ died. 
Author: Julien Benda
Nationality: French
b. 26 December 1867  - d. 7 June 1956
  
 Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 These days I see America identified more and more with material things, less and less with spiritual standards. These days I see America acting abroad as an arrogant, selfish, greedy nation interested only in guns and dollars, not in people and their hopes and aspirations. We need a faith that dedicates us to something bigger and more important than ourselves or our possessions. Only if we have that faith will we be able to guide the destiny of nations in this the most critical period of world history. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 The right to revolt has sources deep in our history. 
Author: William O. Douglas
Nationality: American
b. 16 October 1898  - d. 19 January 1980
  
 We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well. 
Author: Robert H. Jackson
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1954
  
 History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. 
Author: Konrad Adenauer
Nationality: German
b. 5 January 1876  - d. 19 April 1967
  
 Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. 
Author: David Ben-Gurion
Nationality: Israeli
b. 16 October 1886  - d. 1 December 1973
  
 We have seen steps towards commemorating the side of our history which we forget but which Indigenous people remember. 
Author: Malcolm Fraser
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 May 1930
  
 The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with. 
Author: Golda Meir
Nationality: Israeli
b. 3 May 1898  - d. 8 December 1978
  
 When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, always. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. 
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Nationality: French
b. 21 June 1905  - d. 15 April 1980
  
 The reason I gained so much weight in the first place and the reason I had such a sorry history of abusive relationships with men was I just needed approval so much. I needed everyone to like me, because I didn't like myself much. So I'd end up with these cruel self-absorbed guys who'd tell me how selfish I was, and I'd say 'Oh thank you, you're so right' and be grateful to them. Because I had no sense that I deserved anything else. Which is also why I gained so much weight later on. It was the perfect way of cushioning myself against the world's disapproval. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter. 
Author: Charlotte Perkins
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1860  - d. 17 August 1935
  
 It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 The greatest concubines in history knew that everything revealed with nothing concealed is a bore. 
Author: Geoffrey Beene
Nationality: American
b. 30 August 1927  - d. 28 September 2004
  
 We have come upon a phase of our history when ideals are only a veneer for greed and power, in public and private affairs, when devotion to duty and dedication to a public trust are to be weighted at all times against private advantages and personal gain, and when loyalties can be traded. 
Author: Ferdinand Marcos
Nationality: Filipino
b. 11 September 1917  - d. 28 September 1989
  
 People just want to hear some common sense, and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people. 
Author: Benito Mussolini
Nationality: Italian
b. 29 July 1883  - d. 28 April 1945
  
 This is an exciting time. A new chapter in our history. 
Author: John Simmons Barth
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1930
  
 Of history, that is, the true narration of things, there are three kinds: human, natural and divine. 
Author: Jean Bodin
Nationality: French
b. December 1530  - d.  December 1596
  
 But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. 
Author: Richard Dawkins
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1941
  
 I have never concealed the fact that I came from an anti-Semitic past and tradition. I ask only that you look at my life historically and take it as history. I believe that from 1933 I truly represented the Lutheran-Christian outlook on the Jewish question - as I revealed before the court - but that I returned home after eight years' imprisonment as a completely different person. 
Author: Martin Niemoller
Nationality: German
b. 14 January 1892  - d. 6 March 1984
  
 A wise man does not try to hurry history. 
Author: Adlai Stevenson II
Nationality: American
b. 5 February 1900  - d. 14 July 1965
  
 It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 The history of liberty is a history of resistance. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath. 
Author: Woodrow Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1856  - d. 3 February 1924
  
 A study of the history of wages back through the years indicates clearly that when the cost-of-living rises appreciably wages have shortly been adjusted upward also. 
Author: Charles E. Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1890  - d. 26 September 1961
  
 History, sociology, economics, psychology et al. confirmed Joyce's view of Everyman as victim. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 When the rose and the cross are united the alchemical marriage is complete and the drama ends. Then we wake from history and enter eternity. 
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1932
  
 If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 Throughout our history two strands have coexisted uneasily; a dominant strand of democratic humanism and a lesser but durable strand of intolerant Puritanism. There has been a tendency through the years for reason and moderation to prevail as long as things are going tolerably well or as long as our problems seem clear and finite and manageable. But... when some event or leader of opinion has aroused the people to a state of high emotion, our puritan spirit has tended to break through, leading us to look at the world through the distorting prism of a harsh and angry moralism. 
Author: James William Fulbright
Nationality: American
b. 9 April 1905  - d. 9 February 1995
  
 Memoirs are the backstairs of history. 
Author: George Meredith
Nationality: English
b. 12 February 1828  - d. 18 May 1909
  
 I cannot be much pleased without an appearance of truth; at least of possibility I wish the history to be natural though the sentiments are refined; and the characters to be probable, though their behaviour is excelling. 
Author: Fanny Burney
Nationality: English
b. December 1752  - d.  December 1840
  
 Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 What we learn from history is that no one learns from history. 
Author: Prince Otto von Bismarck
Nationality: German
b. 1 April 1815  - d. 30 July 1898
  
 Because of a curious disease of the human mind, it pleases us to enshrine in history records of bloodshed and slaughter, so that those ignorant of the facts of the world may become acquainted with the crimes of mankind. 
Author: Pliny the Elder
Nationality: Roman
b. December 23  - d.  December 79
  
 The history of the human race, viewed as a whole may be regarded as the realization of a hidden plan of nature to bring about a political constitution, internally, and for this purpose, also externally perfect, as the only state in which all the capacities implanted by her in mankind can be fully developed. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from. 
Author: Eddie Izzard
Nationality: British
b. 7 February 1962
  
 No rational order of divine intelligence unites species. The natural ties are genealogical along contingent pathways of history 
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1941  - d. 29 May 2002
  
 No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture. 
Author: Learned Hand
Nationality: American
b. 27 January 1872  - d. 18 August 1961
  
 The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. 
Author: Potter Stewart
Nationality: American
b. 23 January 1915  - d. 7 December 1985
  
 There is not, and there never was on this earth, a work of human policy so well deserving of examination as the Roman Catholic Church. The history of that Church joins together the two great ages of human civilisation. No other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon, and when camelopards and tigers bounded in the Flavian amphitheatre. The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable. The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the Papacy remains. The Papacy remains, not in decay, not a mere antique, but full of life and youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila. The number of her children is greater than in any former age. Her acquisitions in the New World have more than compensated for what she has lost in the Old. Her spiritual ascendency extends over the vast countries which lie between the plains of the Missouri and Cape Horn, countries which a century hence, may not improbably contain a population as large as that which now inhabits Europe. The members of her communion are certainly not fewer than a hundred and fifty millions; and it will be difficult to show that all other Christian sects united amount to a hundred and twenty millions. Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of them all. She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished at Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca. And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 American historians, in their eagerness to present facts and their laudable concern to tell the truth, have neglected the literary aspects of their craft. They have forgotten that there is an art of writing history. 
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1887  - d. 15 May 1976
  
 America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World. History is like that, very chancy. 
Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1887  - d. 15 May 1976
  
 Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they can not conquer. 
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 It is not observed in history that families improve with time. 
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 While we read history we make history.  
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.  
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 If you think you have it tough, read history books. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 It is when the majorities are denied their right to participate in history as Subjects that they become dominated and alienated. 
Author: Paulo Freire
Nationality: Brazilian
b. 19 September 1921  - d. 2 May 1997
  
 A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 History is a vast early warning system. 
Author: Norman Cousins
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1915  - d. 30 November 1990
  
 But it is a law of life and development in history where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 The history of England, who has always dealt most harshly with her vanquished foe in the few European wars in which she has taken part in modern times, gives us Germans an idea of the fate in store for us if defeated. 
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 True there has been more talk of peace since 1945 than, I should think, at any other time in history. At least we hear more and read more about it because man's words, for good or ill, can now so easily reach the millions. 
Author: Lester Bowles Pearson
Nationality: Canadian
b. 23 April 1897  - d. 27 December 1972
  
 One of the biggest box-office successes in movie history - probably because for young audiences it's like getting a box of Cracker Jack that is all prizes. Written and directed by George Lucas, the film is enjoyable in its own terms, but it's exhausting, too: like taking a pack of kids to the circus. There's no breather in the picture, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the image of a double sunset. The loudness, the smash-and-grab editing, and the relentless pacing drive every idea out of your head, and even if you've been entertained, you may feel cheated of some dimension - a sense of wonder, perhaps. It's an epic without a dream. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world: it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul on the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless - for it is a bankruptcy of the heart. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 Strange, when you come to think of it, that of all the countless folk who have lived before our time on this planet not one is known in history or in legend as having died of laughter. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 The living, for the first time in history, now outnumber the dead. 
Author: John Milton Cage
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1912  - d. 12 August 1922
  
 In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 Today, in too many of our schools our children are being robbed of their innocence. Their minds are being poisoned against their Judeo-Christian heritage, against America's heroes and against American history, against the values of faith and family and country. Eternal truths that do not change from the Old and New Testament have been expelled from our public schools, and our children are being indoctrinated in moral relativism, and the propaganda of an anti-Western ideology. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 American Southwest could "become a giant Kosovo", still part of the United States, but Mexican in "language, ethnicity, history and culture. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 I said that in a memo in 1969 whether we should recognize the day or go down and see Mrs. King, and I suggested we not see Mrs. King. I said, 'Martin Luther King was one of the most divisive men. Some see him as the messiah of the nation, others think he's a dreadful person. He is a divisive figure.' Look, I knew Martin Luther King. I am the only candidate who was at the march on Washington. I was in the Lincoln Memorial. I was in Mississippi covering the civil rights demonstrations. Like every great movement, the civil rights movement had things that were attractive and things that were not. And for my history, friends, we make no apologies. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It was Wilsonism, liberal interventionism, not 'isolationism,' that created the moral-political swamp in which fascism, Hitlerism, and Stalinism were spawned. Unable to deal with the truth - that their own heroes produced the disasters that may yet ring down the curtain on Western Civilization - the blind children of Wilson now scapegoat Pius XII and America First. Do those attacking me realize they are defending the policies that produced World War II and virtual annihilation of the Jewish population of Europe? While the West is busy erecting Holocaust museums, it has failed to study the history that produced it. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier's soldier in the Great War, a political organizer of the first rank, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him. Hitler's success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is a thing that grows and has a history. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and doctrine 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. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of the Republic to abdicate his responsibility. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, 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 that were, for the moment, unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. 
Author: Ed Murrow
Nationality: American
b. 25 April 1908  - d. 27 April 1965
  
 As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future. This cosmic self-awareness is being realized in one tiny fragment of the universe - in a few of us human beings. Perhaps it has been realized elsewhere too, through the evolution of conscious living creatures on the planets of other stars. But on this our planet, it has never happened before. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 We are already justified in the conviction that human life as we know it in history is a wretched makeshift, rooted in ignorance; and that it could be transcended by a state of existence based on the illumination of knowledge and comprehension, just as our modern control of physical nature based on science transcends the tentative fumblings of our ancestors, that were rooted in superstition and professional secrecy. To do this, we must study the possibilities of creating a more favourable social environment, as we have already done in large measure with our physical environment. 
Author: Sir Julian Sorrell Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 22 June 1887  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books! 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Great men are the inspired, speaking and acting texts of that divine Book of Revelations, wherof a chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 History a distillation of rumor. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 The history of the world is but the biography of great men. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 She requires of a thing only that it be genuine of heart; she will protect it if so; will not, if not so. There is a soul of truth in all the things she ever gave harbor to. Alas, is not this the history of all highest Truth that comes or ever came into the world? 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 To the Arab Nation it was as a birth from darkness into light; Arabia first became alive by means of it. A poor shepherd people, roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the world, a hero-prophet was sent down to them with a word they could believe, see, the unnoticed becomes world-notable, the small has grown world-great; within one century afterwards, Arabia is at Grenada on this hand, at Delhi on that, glancing in valor and splendor and the light of genius, Arabia shines through long ages over a great section of the world. Belief is great, life-giving. The history of a nation becomes fruitful, soul-elevating, great, so soon as it believes. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Well, it is a sort of witchcraft. Today we have more soil scientists than at any other time in history. If you plot the rise of soil scientists against the loss of soil, you see that the more of them you have, the more soil you lose. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 It is possible, in Iran, Greece, North Africa, USA, Mexico, Pakistan, and Australia to see how, in our short history of life destruction, we have brought the hard bones of the earth to the surface by stripping the life skin from it for ephemeral uses. We can, if we persist, create a moon-landscape of the earth. So poor goatherds wander where the lake-forests stood and the forest deities were worshipped. The religions of resignation and fanaticism follow those of hte nature gods, and man-built temples replace trees and tree spirits. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 Peat preserves timber, animals, and such unexpected treasure-troves as hoards of acorns and firkins of beech butter from the forests which preceded the bogs. A whole archaeology may very well lie in peat, and the pollen record may reveal past history. At the base of Irish bogs the Fir Bolg (the little people), their axes, bridges, butter, and forest life are well preserved. They and their forests were banished, as if by magic, by the Tuatha de Danan (the Children of Diana) who now dig the peat. Diana was displaced in turn by Mary, mother of God. But all are mixed in the peat and the tongue of Ireland. 
Author: Bill Mollison
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1928
  
 History is the great dust-heap - a pageant and not a philosophy. 
Author: Augustine Birell
Nationality: English
b. 19 January 1850  - d. 20 November 1933
  
 What is history after all? History is facts which become lies in the end; legends are lies which become history in the end. 
Author: Jean Cocteau
Nationality: French
b. 5 July 1889  - d. 11 October 1963
  
 Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Hugh Laurie: So lets talk instead about flexibility of language - erm, linguistic elasticity, if you'd like. Stephen Fry:: Yes, I think that I've said earlier that our language, English - L: As spoken by us. F: As we speak it, yes, certainly-, defines it. We are defined by our language, if you will. L (to screen): Hello. We're talking about language. F: Perhaps I can illustrate my point. Let me at least try. Here is a question: (hun...) L: What is it? F: Oh! Hun...my question is this: is our language - English - capable... is English capable of sustaining demagoguery? L: Demagoguery? F: Demagoguery. L: And by "demagoguery" you mean... F: By "demagoguery" I mean demagoguery... L: I thought so. F: I mean highly charged oratory persuasive whipping-up rhetoric. Listen to me, listen to me. If Hitler had been British, would we, under similar circumstances, have been moved, charged up, fired up by his inflammatory speeches or would we simply have laughed? Is English too ironic to sustain Hitlerian styles? Would his language simply have rung false in our ears? L (to screen): We are talking about things ringing false in our ears. F: May I compartmentalize - I hate to, but may I, may I: is our language a function of our British cynicism, tolerance, resistance to false emotion, humour and so on, or do those qualities come extrinsically - extrinsically] - from the language itself? It's a chicken and egg problem. L (to screen): We're talking about chickens, we're talking about eggs. F: Hun...let me start a leveret here: There's language and there's speech. Erm, there's chess and there's a game of chess. Mark the difference for me. Mark it please. L (to screen): We've moved on to chess. F: Imagine a piano keyboard, eh, 88 keys, only 88 and yet, and yet, hundreds of new melodies, new tunes, new harmonies are being composed by hundreds of different keyboards every day in Dorset alone. Our language, tiger, our language: hundreds of thousands of available words, trillions of legitimate new ideas, so that I can say the following sentence and be utterly sure that nobody has ever said it before in the history of human communication: "Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers." Perfectly ordinary words, but never before put in that precise order. A unique child delivered of a unique mother. L (to screen): ... F: And yet, oh, and yet, we, all of us, spend all our days saying to each other the same things time after weary time: "I love you", "Don't go in there", "Get out", "You have no right to say that", "Stop it, "Why should I", "That hurt", "Help", "Marjorie is dead". Hmn?. Surely, it's a thought to take out for cream tea on a rainy Sunday afternoon. L: So, to you, language is more than just a means of communication? F: Oh, of course it is, of course it is, of course it is, of course it is. Language is my mother, my father, my husband, my brother, my sister, my whore, my mistress, my check-out girl... language is a complimentary moist lemon-scented cleansing square or handy freshen-up wipette. Language is the breath of God. Language is the dew on a fresh apple, it's the soft rain of dust that falls into a shaft of morning light as you pluck from a old bookshelf a half-forgotten book of erotic memoirs. Language is the creak on a stair, it's a spluttering match held to a frosted pane, it's a half-remembered childhood birthday party, it's the warm, wet, trusting touch of a leaking nappy, the hulk of a charred Panzer, the underside of a granite boulder, the first downy growth on the upper lip of a Mediterranean girl. It's cobwebs long since overrun by an old Wellington boot. L (to screen): Night-night. 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 For many people my age, the First World War is just a topic in a history book. But I've always been fascinated by the subject and think it's as relevant today as it ever was. 
Author: Daniel Jacob Radcliffe
Nationality: English
b. 23 July 1989
  
 History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. 
Author: Philip Milton Roth
Nationality: American
b. 19 March 1933
  
 The world has held great Heroes, As history books have showed; But never a name to go down to fame Compared with that of Toad! 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history - this century's history. We all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. 
Author: Dodgy Quotes Dodgy Quotes
Nationality: Scottish   
 Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 To care for the quarrels of the past, to identify oneself passionately with a cause that became, politically speaking, a losing cause with the birth of the modern world, is to experience a kind of straining against reality, a rebellious nonconformity that, again, is rare in America, where children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once! 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. 
Author: Camille Paglia
Nationality: American
b. 2 April 1947
  
 There is no record of John Howard having made any public criticism of the ABC before he became Prime Minister in March 1996. The fact is that, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating had a better understanding of the prevailing leftist orthodoxy at the public broadcaster than did Mr Howard and most of his colleagues in the Liberal and National parties. John Howard is the best informed Liberal of his political generation. Yet, for whatever reason, he remained quiet about the left-wing interpretation of Australian history through the 1970s, the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 The Prime Minister has certainly played a prominent role in the public debate - he has bagged what, in July 1993, Geoffrey Blainey termed the 'Black Armband view of history'. What's more, Mr Howard has attempted to present a more positive interpretation of the Australian achievement. In short, John Howard has taken on what I termed the left-wing interpretation of Australian history to a much greater extent than his predecessors as Liberal Party leader. Including such significant Liberal leaders as Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser. Even so, John Howard has had little success in overturning the impact of what has been called the left's long march through the institutions. A few examples illustrate the point. 
Author: Gerard Henderson
Nationality: Australian   
 He could have made it right with the book, but he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied. I really didn't expect him to go into detail about our relationship. But if he had and he'd done it honestly, I wouldn't have minded. I did, though, at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the Presidency. Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert. This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels, right from the way it started and all the way through. I don't accept that he had to completely desecrate my character. 
Author: Monica Lewinsky
Nationality: American
b. 23 July 1973
  
 The charge of an extravagant, self-deluding enthusiasm is the last to be fastened on Jesus. Where can we find traces of it in history? Do we detect them in the calm authority of His precepts? 
Author: William Ellery Channing
Nationality: American
b. 7 April 1780  - d. 2 August 1842
  
 Even if it is true that all cultures share a common morality, why does this prove a supreme intelligence? After all, don't we humanists sometimes claim that there is a common thread of humanistic values running through history across cultural and religious lines? 
Author: Dan Barker
Nationality: American
b. 25 June 1949
  
 Today's terrorism is not the product of a traditional history of anarchism, nihilism, or fanaticism. It is instead the contemporary partner of globalization. 
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1929  - d. 6 March 2007
  
 Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race. 
Author: Pierre Bayle
Nationality: French
b. 18 November 1647  - d. 28 December 1706
  
 History is the memory of things said and done. 
Author: Carl Becker
Nationality: American
b. December 1873  - d.  December 1945
  
 Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history. 
Author: Alphonse de Lamartine
Nationality: French
b. 21 October 1790  - d. 28 February 1869
  
 The historical development of the work of anthropologists seems to single out clearly a domain of knowledge that heretofore has not been treated by any other science. It is the biological history of mankind in all its varieties; linguistics applied to people without written languages; the ethnology of people without historic records; and prehistoric archeology. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 This opens the door on another chapter of history. 
Author: Walter Cronkite
Nationality: American
b. 4 November 1916
  
 When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity. 
Author: Walter Cronkite
Nationality: American
b. 4 November 1916
  
 History shows that there are no invincible armies. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 History shows that there are no invincible armies and that there never have been. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 I know that after my death a pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of History will sooner or later sweep it away without mercy. 
Author: Joseph Stalin
Nationality: Russian
b. 21 December 1879  - d. 5 March 1953
  
 I am what I am: an individual, unique and different, with a lineal history of an ancestral promptings and urgings, a history of dreams, desires, and of special experiences, of all of which I am the sum total. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same. The entire function of man is to survive. The outermost limit of endeavour is creative work. Anything less is too close to simple survival until death happens along. So I am engaged in striving to maintain equilibrium sufficient to at least realize survival in a way to astound the gods. I turned the thing up so it's up to me to survive in a big way. Foolishly perhaps, but determined none the less, I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all books are destroyed. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Of all the ills of man which can be successfully processed by Scientology, arthritis ranks near the top. In skilled hands, this ailment, though misunderstood and dreaded in the past, already has begun to become history. Twenty-five hours of Scientology by an auditor who fairly understands how to process arthritis can be said to produce an invariable alleviation of the condition. Some cases, even severe ones, have responded in as little as two hours of processing, according to reports from auditors in the field. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The Cold War ideology and the international communist conspiracy function in an important way as essentially a propaganda device to mobilize support at a particular historical moment for this long-time imperial enterprise. In fact, I believe that this is probably the main function of the Cold War: it serves as a useful device for the managers of American society and their counterparts in the Soviet Union to control their own populations and their own respective imperial systems. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The criticisms were so tepid they were embarrassing. Almost nobody, including me, dared to criticize the U.S. attack on South Vietnam. That's like talking Hittite. Nobody even understood the words. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The crisis began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait a year ago. There was some fighting, leaving hundreds killed according to Human Rights groups. That hardly qualifies as war. Rather, in terms of crimes against peace and against humanity, it falls roughly into the category of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus, Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1978, and the U.S. invasion of Panama. In these terms it falls well short of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and cannot remotely be compared with the near-genocidal Indonesian invasion and annexation of East Timor, to mention only two cases of aggression that are still in progress, with continuing atrocities and with the crucial support of those who most passionately professed their outrage over Iraq's aggression. During the subsequent months, Iraq was responsible for terrible crimes in Kuwait, with several thousand killed and many tortured. But that is not war; rather, state terrorism, of the kind familiar among U.S. clients. The second phase of the conflict began with the U.S.-U.K. attack of January 15, with marginal participation of others. This was slaughter, not war. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The big debate in Washington is totally pointless. And the media, about whether Bush downgraded terror in order to invade Iraq. There's nothing to debate. He invaded Iraq. That proves beyond doubt that he downgraded the threat of terror in favor of invading Iraq. They anticipated, and their own intelligence agencies told them, and everyone else did too, that invasion of Iraq was likely to increase the threat of terror. It's not a high priority, so they invaded Iraq because that's much higher priority. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The crucial question for us is not whether they have a theocratic government. I'd personally prefer not, but I can think of a lot of places where I'd prefer not, like here. But, the question is whether the US will agree to let Iraq alone. That means to make it very clean and explicit, both in word and in action, that the US will withdraw, set a timetable for it, will not influence what goes on in Iraq, will not leave military bases, will let the country go off on its own. I think we also ought to pay massive reparations, but I'll stop short of that. Those are the crucial issues. It's not up to Rumsfeld what kind of government they have, it's up to him to get out. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The consistent anarchist, then, should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 The Bush Administration does have moral values. Their moral values are very explicit: shine the boots of the rich and the powerful, kick everybody else in the face, and let your grandchildren pay for it. That simple principle predicts almost everything that's happening. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Since the masses of the people are inconstant, full of unruly desires, passionate, and reckless of consequences, they must be filled with fears to keep them in order. The ancients did well, therefore, to invent gods, and the belief in punishment after death. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 This is a sworn treaty made between us, Hannibal ... and Xenophanes the Athenian ... in the presence of all the gods who possess Macedonia and the rest of Greece. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 How highly should we honor the Macedonians, who for the greater part of their lives never cease from fighting with the barbarians for the sake of the security of Greece? For who is not aware that Greece would have constantly stood in the greater danger, had we not been fenced by the Macedonians and the honorable ambition of their kings? 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 In the past you rivalled the Achaians and the Macedonians, peoples of your own race, and Philip, their commander, for the hegemony and glory, but now that the freedom of the Hellenes is at stake at a war against an alien people (Romans), and does it worth to ally with the barbarians, to take the field with them against the Epeirotans, the Achaians, the Akarnanians, the Boiotians, the Thessalians, in fact with almost all the Hellenes with the exception of the Aitolians who are a wicked nation. So Lakedaimonians it is good to remember your ancestors,... be afraid of the Romans... and do ally yourselves with the Achaians and Macedonians. But if some the most powerful citizens are opposed to this policy at least stay neutral and do not side with the unjust. 
Author: Polybius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 203  - d.  December 120
  
 I will die. The person who succeeds me will also have to die. But elections, you won't have. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 If senator Kennedy is elected President of the United States, the government of Chile will take appropriate measures. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Not a single leaf moves in this country if I'm not the one moving it. I want that to be clear!  
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I devaluated the peso only looking at the poor. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 This is not a 'dictadura,' but a 'dictablanda. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 My face is sour. Maybe that's why they say I'm a dictator. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 My library is full with UN condemnations. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Nation is to make Chile a country or proprietors, not proletarians. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm looking at them from above, because God put me there. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 We practically wiped this nation clean of Marxists. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The rich people are the ones making money and you have to treat them well so they continue making more money. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Don't forget that in the history of the world, there was a plebiscite, in which Christ and Barabbas were being judged, and the people chose Barabbas. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I'm not someone who usually sends out threats. I warn only once. The day they touch one of my men, the rule of law is over. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Who are we going to forgive? The ones who tried to killed us? The ones who tried to destroy the Fatherland? 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The only solution to the issue of human rights is oblivion. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Rome cut the heads of Christians but they continued to reappear. Something similar occurs with Marxists. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Had I been a dictator, I would still be governing. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I was only an aspiring dictator. I was never a real dictator. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Power must be vested in the armed forces, since only they have th organization and the means to fight Marxism. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Two-thousand is nothing. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 Tell my friends to get me out of here. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 I don't remember, but it's not true. It's not true, and If it were true, I don't remember. 
Author: Captain General Augusto Pinochet
Nationality: Chilean
b. 25 November 1915  - d. 10 December 2006
  
 The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation`s history. I mean in this century`s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn`t live in this century. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 It`s a very good historical book about history. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 Whatever has happened to Stalin, gentlemen, is a question for the Soviet Union, and I would not argue with a representative of the people who, in building America, wasted sixty to a hundred million lives of my people, black people drawn from Africa on the plantations. You are responsible, and your forebears, for sixty million to one hundred million black people dying in the slave ships and on the plantations, and don’t ask me about anybody, please. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 One does not need a very long racial memory to loose on oneself in such a part. As I act, civilization falls away from me. My plight becomes real, the horrors terrible facts. I feel the terror of the slave mart, the degradation of man bought and sold into slavery. Well, I am the son of an emancipated slave and the stories of old father are vivid on the tablets of my memory. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative. The history of the capsulize era is characterized by the degradation of my people: despoiled of there lands, their true culture destroyed, denied equal protection of the law, and deprived their rightful place in the respect of their fellows. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Yes, all Africa remembers that it was Litvinov who stood alone beside Haile Selassie in Geneva, when Mussolini's sons flew with the blessings of the Pope to drop bombs on Ethiopian women and children. Africa remembers that it was the Soviet Union which fought the attempts of the Smuts to annex Southwest Africa to the slave reservation of the Union of South Africa, if the peoples of the Congo refuse to mine the uranium for the atom bombs made in Jim Crow factories in the United States; if all these peoples demand an end to floggings, an end to the farce of 'trusteeship' in the former Italian colonies.The Soviet Union is the friend of the African and the West Indian peoples. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Vast quantities of U.S. bombers, tanks and guns have been sent against Ho Chi Minh and his freedom-fighters; and now we are told that soon it will be 'advisable' to send America GI's into Indo-China in order that the tin, rubber and tungsten of Southeast Asia be kept by the "free world"-meaning white Imperialism. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim. 
Author: Susan Griffin
Nationality: American
b. December 1943
  
 History is a novel whose author is the people. 
Author: Alfred Victor de Vigny
Nationality: French
b. 27 March 1797  - d. 17 September 1863
  
 The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 The history of the struggle in South Africa is rich with the stories of heroes and heroines, some of them leaders, some of them followers. All of them deserve to be remembered. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Perhaps it was history that ordained that it be here, at the Cape of Good Hope that we should lay the foundation stone of our new nation. For it was here at this Cape, over three centuries ago, that there began the fateful convergence of the peoples of Africa, Europe and Asia on these shores. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 History is a set of lies agreed upon. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. 
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 What is history but a fable agreed upon?  
Author: Emperor Napoleon I
Nationality: French
b. 15 August 1769  - d. 5 May 1821
  
 History throws you what it throws you, and you never know what’s coming. 
Author: Fred Dalton Thompson
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1942
  
 False history gets made all day, any day, the truth of the new is never on the news False history gets written every day... The lesbian archaeologist watches herself sifting her own life out from the shards she's piecing, asking the clay all questions but her own. 
Author: Adrienne Rich
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1929
  
 Rarely in history has a brave people struggling for its life faced such terrible tests as the German people have in this war. The misery that results for us all, the never ending chain of sorrows, fears, and spiritual torture does not need to be described in detail. We are bearing a heavy fate because we are fighting for a good cause, and are called to bravely endure the battle to achieve greatness. 
Author: Paul Joseph Goebbels
Nationality: German
b. 29 October 1897  - d. 01 May 1945
  
 Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge. 
Author: Francesco Guicciardini
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1483  - d. 22 May 1540
  
 At my age, 85, I'm at age where I can look back and derive some conclusions about my actions. My rule has been try to learn, try to understand what happened. Develop the lessons and pass them on. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Kennedy was trying to keep us out of war. I was trying to help him keep us out of war. And General Curtis LeMay, whom I served under as a matter of fact in World War II, was saying "Let's go in, let's totally destroy Cuba." 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 In Thompson's mind was this thought: Khrushchev's gotten himself in a hell of a fix. He would then think to himself, "My God, if I can get out of this with a deal that I can say to the Russian people: 'Kennedy was going to destroy Castro and I prevented it.'" Thompson, knowing Khrushchev as he did, thought Khrushchev will accept that. And Thompson was right. That's what I call empathy. We must try to put ourselves inside their skin and look at us through their eyes, just to understand the thoughts that lie behind their decisions and their actions.  
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 In the first message, Khrushchev said this: "We and you ought not to pull on the ends of a rope which you have tied the knots of war. Because the more the two of us pull, the tighter the knot will be tied. And then it will be necessary to cut that knot, and what that would mean is not for me to explain to you. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction. For such is the logic of war. If people do not display wisdom, they will clash like blind moles and then mutual annihilation will commence." 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Why was it necessary to drop the nuclear bomb if LeMay was burning up Japan? And he went on from Tokyo to firebomb other cities. 58% of Yokohama. Yokohama is roughly the size of Cleveland. 58% of Cleveland destroyed. Tokyo is roughly the size of New York. 51% percent of New York destroyed. 99% of the equivalent of Chattanooga, which was Toyama. 40% of the equivalent of Los Angeles, which was Nagoya. This was all done before the dropping of the nuclear bomb, which by the way was dropped by LeMay's command. Proportionality should be a guideline in war. Killing 50% to 90% of the people of 67 Japanese cities and then bombing them with two nuclear bombs is not proportional, in the minds of some people, to the objectives we were trying to achieve. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 LeMay said, "If we'd lost the war, we'd all have been prosecuted as war criminals." And I think he's right. He, and I'd say I, were behaving as war criminals. LeMay recognized that what he was doing would be thought immoral if his side had lost. But what makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win? 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 I can still see it. There's a love seat, two armchairs with a lamp table in between. Jack Kennedy is sitting in one armchair and Bobby Kennedy's sitting in the other. "Mr. President, it's absurd, I'm not qualified." "Look, Bob," he said, "I don't think there's any school for Presidents either."  
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Let me go back one moment. In the Cuban Missile Crisis, at the end, I think we did put ourselves in the skin of the Soviets. In the case of Vietnam, we didn't know them well enough to empathize. And there was total misunderstanding as a result. They believed that we had simply replaced the French as a colonial power, and we were seeking to subject South and North Vietnam to our colonial interests, which was absolutely absurd. And we, we saw Vietnam as an element of the Cold War. Not what they saw it as: a civil war. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? We are the strongest nation in the world today. I do not believe that we should ever apply that economic, political, and military power unilaterally. If we had followed that rule in Vietnam, we wouldn't have been there. None of our allies supported us. Not Japan, not Germany, not Britain or France. If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Were those who issued the approval to use Agent Orange criminals? Were they committing a crime against humanity? Let's look at the law. Now what kind of law do we have that says these chemicals are acceptable for use in war and these chemicals are not. We don't have clear definitions of that kind. I never in the world would have authorized an illegal action. I'm not really sure I authorized Agent Orange. I don't remember it, but it certainly occurred, the use of it occurred while I was Secretary. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 Norman Morrison was a Quaker. He was opposed to war, the violence of war, the killing. He came to the Pentagon, doused himself with gasoline. Burned himself to death below my office. He held a child in his arms, his daughter. Passersby shouted, "Save the child!" He threw the child out of his arms, and the child lived and is alive today. His wife issued a very moving statement: 'Human beings must stop killing other human beings.' And that's a belief that I shared. I shared it then and I believe it even more strongly today. How much evil must we do in order to do good? We have certain ideals, certain responsibilities. Recognize that at times you will have to engage in evil, but minimize it. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 We all make mistakes. We know we make mistakes. I don't know any military commander, who is honest, who would say he has not made a mistake. There's a wonderful phrase: 'the fog of war.' What "the fog of war" means is: war is so complex it's beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables. Our judgment, our understanding, are not adequate. And we kill people unnecessarily. 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 The major lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is this: the indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will destroy nations. Is it right and proper that today there are 7500 offensive strategic nuclear warheads, of which 2500 are on a 15 minute alert to be launched at the decision of 'one' human being? 
Author: Robert Strange McNamara
Nationality: American
b. 09 June 1916  - d. 06 July 2009
  
 This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. 
Author: Oswald Arnold Spengler
Nationality: German
b. 29 May 1880  - d. 08 May 1936
  
 There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Oliver Cromwell can kiss my singing emerald scrotum! 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 So they got rid of me. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I should have been allowed to do as I wished and become a physician, in which profession quackery is even more effective than it is in legal practice. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Reflecting that there was now little likelihood of my achieving fortune in my ecclesiastical career, I decided to dress as a soldier … I inquire for a good tailor … he brings me everything I need to impersonate a follower of Mars. … My uniform was white, with a blue vest, a shoulder knot of silver and gold… I bought a long sword, and with my handsome cane in hand, a trim hat with a black cockade, with my hair cut in side whiskers and a long false pigtail, I set forth to impress the whole city. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 My profession was not a noble one, but I did not care. Calling everything prejudice, I soon acquired all the habits of my degraded fellow musicians. We amused ourselves by untying the gondolas moored before private homes, which then drifted with the current.  
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I took the most creditable, the noblest, and the only natural course. I decided to put myself in a position where I need no longer go without the necessities of life: and what those necessities were for me no one could judge better than me. No one in Venice could understand how an intimacy could exist between myself and three men of their character, they all heaven and I all earth; they most severe in their morals, and I addicted to every kind of dissolute living. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I made a joke of his dire Prophecies and went my way. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I sat in my armchair like a man in a stupor; motionless as a statue, I saw that I had wasted all the efforts I had made, and I could not repent of them. I felt that I had nothing to hope for, and the only relief left to me was not to think of the future. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Thus did God provide me with what I needed for an escape which was to be a wonder if not a miracle. I admit that I am proud of it; but my pride does not come from my having succeeded, for luck had a good deal to do with that; it comes from my having concluded that the thing could be done and having had the courage to undertake it. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Deceiving a fool is an exploit worthy of an intelligent man. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 This very singular man, born to be the most barefaced of all imposters, declared with impunity, with a casual air, that he was three hundred years old, that he possessed the universal medicine, that he made anything he liked from nature, that he created diamonds. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I have lived as a philosopher and I die as a Christian. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I begin by declaring to my reader that, by everything good or bad that I have done throughout my life, I am sure that I have earned merit or incurred guilt, and that hence I must consider myself a free agent. Despite an excellent moral foundation, the inevitable fruit of the divine principles which were rooted in my heart, I was all my life the victim of my senses; I have delighted in going astray and I have constantly lived in error, with no other consolation than that of knowing I have erred. My follies are the follies of youth. You will see that I laugh at them, and if you are kind you will laugh at them with me. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 02 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Marriage is the tomb of love. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I am writing My Life to laugh at myself, and I am succeeding. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Man is a free agent; but he is not free if he does not believe it, for the more power he attributes to Destiny, the more he deprives himself of the power which God granted him when he gave him reason. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I often had no scruples about deceiving nitwits and scoundrels and fools when I found it necessary. ... We avenge intelligence when we deceive a fool, and deceiving a fool is an exploit worthy of an intelligent man. What has infused my very blood with an unconquerable hatred of the whole tribe of fools from the day of my birth is that I become a fool myself whenever I am in their company. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 I have concluded that my conduct has depended more on my character than on my mind, after a long struggle between them in which I have alternately found myself with too little intelligence for my character and too little character for my intelligence. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 The cruelty of boredom! It can only be because they had forgotten it that the inventors of the pains of hell did not include it among them. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 The story she had told me was possible, but it was not believable. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 Cheating is a sin, but honest cunning is simply prudence. It is a virtue. To be sure, it has a likeness to roguery, but that cannot be helped. He who has not learned to practice it is a fool. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 For lost courage there is no remedy. It cannot be recovered. The mind succumbs to an apathy against which nothing avails. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 The man fit to make a fortune in this ancient capital of Italy must be a chameleon sensitive to all the colors which the light casts on his surroundings. He must be flexible, insinuating, a great dissimulator, impenetrable, obliging, often base, ostensibly sincere, always pretending to know less than he does, keeping to one tone of voice, patient, in complete control of his countenance, cold as ice when another in his place would be on fire; and if he is so unfortunate as not to have religion in his heart he must have it in his mind, and, if he is an honest man, accept the painful necessity of admitting to himself that he is a hypocrite. If he loathes the pretense, he should leave Rome and seek his fortune in England. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 To reason rightly one must be neither in love nor in anger; for those two passions reduce us to the level of animals; and unfortunately we are never so much inclined to reason as when we are agitated by one or the other of them. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 The same principle which forbids me to lie does not allow me to tell the truth. 
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Nationality: Italian
b. 25 April 1725  - d. 04 June 1798
  
 History shows that our way of life is the stronger way. From it has come more wealth, more industry, more happiness, more human enlightenment than from any other way. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 Those that you are going to fight with cut them, and also will do to whichever of you they take, and nobody is allowed to flee but to die, because you die defending your mother country. 
Author: Galvarino
Nationality: Mapuche Indian  - d. 30 November 1557   
 My Brothers, why have you stopped attacking these Christians, seeing the manifest damage that from the day which they entered our kingdom until today they have done and are doing? And they still will do to you what you see that they have done and they are doing? And still they will do to you what you see that they have done to me, cut your hands off, if you are not diligent in making the most of wreaking destruction on these so injurious people for us and our children and women. 
Author: Galvarino
Nationality: Mapuche Indian  - d. 30 November 1557   
 There is still no cure for the common birthday. 
Author: John Herschel Glenn
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1921
  
 The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel. 
Author: John Herschel Glenn
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1921
  
 I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets. 
Author: John Herschel Glenn
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1921
  
 This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. 
Author: John Herschel Glenn
Nationality: American
b. 18 July 1921
  




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