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History is more interesting than politics. ...
by Lennart Meri

History is more interesting than politics.
- Lennart Meri

Traveling is the only passion that doesn't need to
feel shy in front of intellect.
- Lennart Meri

In the past, when I shot films about fishermen and hunters,
I always had to admire their ability to perceive time in its entirety.
The present was always temporary.
- Lennart Meri

With that radio I was always swimming with the current
political streams in the West.
I was never stranded.
- Lennart Meri

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I am not always happy with the compliments Estonia has received.
- Lennart Meri

I was too busy looking into Yeltsin's eyes to notice
what was under the table.
- Lennart Meri

I've never met a general yet who could milk a cow.
- Lennart Meri


 

That radio was very important for me.
It meant I always knew what was going on in the world.
- Lennart Meri

If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
- Lennart Meri

Our civilisation has lost this bond between times,
and tends to measure time with a yardstick,
bit by bit, from one point to another.
- Lennart Meri

Looking in the mirror to check if my tie is straight is a waste of my time.
I only look in the mirror once a day,
and that's in the morning when I shave.
- Lennart Meri

Security is like virginity: you're either a virgin or you're not.
You either have security or you don't.
- Lennart Meri

Throughout Soviet times, I understood what was really
happening in the world around me.
- Lennart Meri

Science will liberate us from the chains of big cities
and lead us back to nature.
- Lennart Meri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

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

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

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

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

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

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

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

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

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

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

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

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

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

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

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

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


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