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History Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

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

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

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

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

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
- Calvin Coolidge

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

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

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 past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

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

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

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

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
- Colin Powell

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

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans.
It presents one of man's first attempts to order his
view of the outside world.
- Stephen Gardiner

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

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

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

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

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

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

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

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

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

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

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.
- Nikita Khrushchev

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

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

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

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle


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