History Quotes

David brinkley - numerous politicians have seized absolute power...
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse

William hazlitt, on the pleasure of hating - no man is truly great, who is great only in his...
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 have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - Or to make it the last.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
There was never in the history of the world a great politician who was not hated by large numbers of inferior men.
Unknown

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 is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destiny of man.
Steven Runciman
While history is much more than a record of magnified personal encounters, it also remains rooted in individual personalities.
Bernard Weisberger, America Afire
Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.
Gustave Flaubert
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
Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
Robert Anson Heinlein
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
America has never been an empire. We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused? preferring greatness to power and justice to glory.
George W. Bush, speech, November 19, 1999
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
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
Nadia Boulange
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
Swindon What will history say Burgoyne History, sir, will tell lies as usual.
George Bernard Shaw
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D Eisenhowe
The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.
Joseph Conrad
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
Dwight David Eisenhowe
The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
Henry Kissinge
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 first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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
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
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
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.
Adolf Hitle
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman.
Willa Sibert Cathe
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 has proven, God has never given anyone a dream Without also including the power to achieve that dream It is up to us to claim the power and go after that dream, Or just claim, it was only a dream.
Unknown
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
Those who don? t build must burn. It? s as old as history and juvenile delinquence.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
News is history shot on the wing. The huntsmen from the Fourth Estate seek to bag only the peacock or the eagle of the swifting day.
Gene Fowle
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
The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but what takes place in our hearts.
Sir Arthur Keith