History Quotes

Albert camus - if, after all, men cannot always make history...
The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom.
Jean Bodin

Henry kissinge - the great tragedies of history occur not when...
For four - Fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.
J. W. Schopf
What is history but a fable agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen.
Enoch Powell

When you read history it is quite astonishing to discover that there never was a day when men thought times were really good. Every generation in history has been haunted by the feeling of crisis.
Harold Walke
The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.
George W. Bush, Inaugural address, 2001
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Strike from mankind the principle of faith and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
Mark Beltaire
It is not observed in history that families improve with time.
George William Curtis
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
H. G. Wells
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Honore De Balzac
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James
History knows no resting places and no plateaus.
Henry Kissinge
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
Sir Winston Churchill
History suggests that Capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
Milton Friedman
History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.
James A. Forude
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
Richard Milhous Nixon
During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour at Omaha it held up the U. S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.
Stephen Ambrose
History is the unfolding of miscalculation.
Barbara Tuchman
This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation. Saluting crew of the Apollo 11.
Richard Milhous Nixon
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
Robert Frost
There are periods in history when change is necessary, and other periods when it is better to keep everything for the time as it is. The art of life is to be in the rhythm of your age.
Oswald Mosley
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.
Mark Twain
The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - Ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians (1918)
There was never in the history of the world a great politician who was not hated by large numbers of inferior men.
Unknown
I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.
Christa McAuliffe
History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.
Albert Camus
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.
Reinhold Niebuh
No great leader in history fought to prevent change.
John Maxwell, 21 Indispensible Qualities of a Leade
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.
R. D. Laing
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. I insist that this shall cease. The country needs repose after all its trials; it deserves repose. And repose can only be found in everlasting principles.
Charles Sumne
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
Donald Creighton
How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old?
Lois McMaster Bujold, "Memory", 1996
We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel
Never in the course of history, have so many owed so much to so few.
Winston Churchill, Speech about World War II