History Quotes

Robert heinlein, time enough for love (1972) - history does not record anywhere at any time a...
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.
Hans A. Bethe

Gustave flaubert - our ignorance of history causes us to slander our...
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Edward R. Murrow
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
History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.
Leonard Louis Levinson

The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.
Joseph Conrad
History is an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears.
John Ruskin
We are all citizens of history.
Clifton Paul Fadiman
Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
David Brinkley
Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.
Stephen Jay Gould
Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for good.
Lyndon B. Johnson
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to utter hopelessness and despair, the other to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen
Morpheus Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
Matrix, The
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.
Aldous Huxley
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.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits, values, expectations, dreams. The dialectic between past and future will continue to form our lives.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.
Arnold J. Toynbee
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Abba Eban
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.
Woody Allen
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman.
Willa Sibert Cathe
Those who don? t build must burn. It? s as old as history and juvenile delinquence.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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.
George Frost Kennan
The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but what takes place in our hearts.
Sir Arthur Keith
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.
Robertson Davies
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. To Canadian Parliament.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Sir Winston Churchill
History is fables agreed upon.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
Most history is a record of triumphs, disasters, and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who made no nuisance of themselves in the world.
Philip Howard
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield
In history as in life it is success that counts. Start a political upheaval and let yourself be caught, and you will hang as a traitor. But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country.
Hendrik W. Van Loon
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
Henry Kissinge
In all our efforts to provide advantages we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured, and over - Organized generation of youngsters in our history.
Eda J. Le Shan
History repeats itself and history never repeats itself are about equally trueWe never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy.
George Macaulay Trevelyan
From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.
George Orwell, Essay: "The Prevention of Literature" (1946)
When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.
Eugene V. Debs
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
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.
George Frost Kennan
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle