History Quotes

George mcgovern - the establishment center... has led us into the...
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

George bernard shaw - hegel was right when he said that we learn from...
Some people make headlines while others make history.
Philip Elmer - DeWitt, in Time Magazine
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.
Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one.
W. H. Auden

Happy are the people whose annals are blank in history books.
Thomas Carlyle
History is fables agreed upon.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
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.
Immanuel Kant
If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built - In mental disorder which drives him towards self - Destruction.
Arthur Koestle
The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.
Joseph Conrad
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.
John Adams
For a while I thought history was something bitter old men wrote. But Jack loved history so... for Jack history was full of heroes.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
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
If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
Albert Camus
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield
For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history, The course of true love never did run smooth.
William Shakespeare
I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts
From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.
George Orwell, Essay: "The Prevention of Literature" (1946)
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.
Franois Maurice Mitterrand
History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen.
Enoch Powell
I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.
George W. Bush, September 2, 2004, The Republican National Convention, N. Y.
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
History is a vast early warning system.
Norman Cousins
Mathematics is a vast adventure in ideas; its history reflects some of the noblest thoughts of countless generations.
Dirk Struik, A Concise History of Mathematics, vol. I
If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw
I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
The Dalai Lama, 1992 Speech
Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
Carl Sagan
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
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
James Baldwin
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
No man is truly great, who is great only in his life - Time. The test of greatness is the page of history.
William Hazlitt, on the Pleasure of Hating
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James
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.
Jean Anouilh
Morpheus Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
Matrix, The
If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
Tom Stoppard
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.
Bertie Forbes
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Abba Eban
An honest election, under democracy, is an act of innocence which does not take place more than once in the history of a given nation.
Jose Marie Gil Robles, speech in Madrid, 1933