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

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
Dwight D Eisenhower

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 Eisenhower

Swindon What will history say Burgoyne History, sir, will tell lies as usual.
George Bernard Shaw

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.
George Bernard Shaw

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 Niebuhr

History suggests that Capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom.
Milton Friedman

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Mark Twain

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 our race, and each individual's experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
Mark Twain

Religion is the monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James

History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it.
Carl Sandburg

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Woody Allen

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon

Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price.
Robert Orben

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.
Kahlil Gibran

It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon --so long as there is no answer to it-- gives claws to the weak.
George Orwell

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
Benjamin Disraeli

It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
Harry S Truman

Nixon is a shifty-eyed goddamn liar. . . . .He's one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
Harry S Truman

The only new thing is history we don't know.
Harry S Truman

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot

The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.
Henry Kissinger

Nixon had three goals to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history to be remembered as a peacemaker and to be accepted by the 'Establishment' as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession.
Henry Kissinger

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
Frederick Douglas

Perhaps nothing has changed in the course of history as much as historians.
Franklin P. Jones

History is a vast early warning system.
Norman Cousins

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas-a place where history comes to life.
Norman Cousins

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

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Edward R. Murrow

History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.
Arnold J. Toynbee

A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass. Sioux
American Indian Proverb

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.
Dave Barry

The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.
Erich Fromm

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

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle

Happy the people whose annals are blank in the history books
Thomas Carlyle

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted the indifference of those who should have known better the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie

We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

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

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

When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each one of us-recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state-our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions-were we truly men of courage ... were we truly men of judgment ... were we truly men of integrity ... were we truly men of dedication
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Sir Winston Churchill

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
Aldous Huxley

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

The Establishment center ... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster -- a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.
George McGovern

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

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we made today.
Henry Ford

History is more or less bunk.
Henry Ford

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.
Peter Drucker

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

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire

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

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
Mitch Ratliffe

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

Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out.
Richard Milhous Nixon

Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man's world. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquillity, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and Tranquillity to Earth. For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. One in our prayers that you will return safely to Earth.
Richard Milhous Nixon

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
Richard Milhous Nixon

This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation. (Saluting crew of the Apollo 11)
Richard Milhous Nixon

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 Hitler

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.
Timothy Leary

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 is full of surprises.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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

History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
Edmund Burke

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson

Tonight we are launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history.
Ronald Reagan

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
Mahatma Gandhi

Judging from the main portion of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Walt Whitman

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Hermann Hesse

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, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

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 Fowler

Morpheus Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
Matrix, The

Regrets are idle yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently.
Charles Dudley Warner

Just because the solutions of problems are not visible at any particular time does not mean that those problems will never be alleviated -- or confined to tolerable dimensions. History has a way of changing the very terms in which problems operate and of leaving them, in the end, unsolved, to be sure, yet strangely deflated of their original meaning and importance.
M. I. Abramowitz

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

It is not I who have been consigned to the bedroom of history.
Corazn Cojuangco Aquino

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
Wystan Hugh Auden

May it not be that, just as we have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us
Wystan Hugh Auden

The instinct to command others, in its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoted servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.
Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin

As we face a new era of world history, there is an urgent need for the true Church of Jesus Christ, the Body of Christ, to be about the business God has called us to, the work of ministry. And this is a work that every believer is called to be actively involved in.
Edward Bedore

Strike from mankind the principle of faith and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
Mark Beltaire

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 Albrecht Bethe

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

The true fanatic is a theocrat, someone who sees himself as acting on behalf of some super personal force the Race, the Party, History, the proletariat, the Poor, and so on. These absolve him from evil, hence he may safely do anything in their service.
Lord Billingsley

When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.
Barbara Bloom

The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom.
Jean Bodin

History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Henry St. John Bolingbroke

What is history but a fable agreed upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
William H. Borah

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 Boulanger

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge That myth is more potent than history That dreams are more powerful than facts That hope always triumphs over experience That laughter is the only cure for grief And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Robert

For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years.
James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or woman.
Willa Sibert Cather

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau

History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances.
Donald Creighton

It is not observed in history that families improve with time.
George William Curtis

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

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

History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon-See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Evil.
Robert Joseph Bob Dole

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
E. L. Doctorow

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Abba Eban

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
Barbara Ehrenreich

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women.
Elizabeth II

We are all citizens of history.
Clifton Paul Fadiman

Our ignorance of history makes us libel to our own times. People have always been like this.
Gustave Flaubert

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
Gustave Flaubert

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

I am responsible only to God and history.
Francisco El Caudillo Franco

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
Jean Genet

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

It is the minority that has stood in the vain of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
John B. Gough

What is a minority The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
John B. Gough

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
A. Whitney Griswold

History repeats itself historians repeat each other.
Philip Guedalla

I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts

We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
Terry Hands

I couldn't say who I am, I haven't the remotest notion of myself I am someone without antecedents, without a history, without a country, and on that I insist
Peter Handke

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

What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Anson Heinlein

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.
Russell Hoban

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 the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature.
David Hume

History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awaken.
James Joyce

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

The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but what takes place in our hearts.
Sir Arthur Keith

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 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

Ideas shape the course of history.
John Maynard Keynes

Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.
Nikita Khrushchev

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
Nikita Khrushchev

History is a better guide than good intentions.
Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

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 Koestler

When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man's history.
Arthur Koestler

If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery.
Charles Krauthammer

You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accomodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others, will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself-educating your own judgement. Those that stay must remember, always and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this society.
Doris Lessing

During the Depression, or back when we were fighting Hitler, people didn't have time to sue a company if the coffee was too hot. There were urgent, pressing problems. If you think you have it tough, read history books.
Bill Maher

The essential matter of history is not what happened but what people thought or said about it.
Frederic William Maitland

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

To those who charge that liberalism has been tried and found wanting, I answer that the failure is not in the idea, but in the course of recent history. The New Deal was ended by World War II. The New Frontier was closed by Berlin and Cuba almost before it was opened. And the Great Society lost its greatness in the jungles of Indochina.
George Stanley McGovern

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

A strange thing is memory, and hope one looks backward, and the other forward one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses

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

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

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
Camille Paglia

There is no history of mankind, there are only many histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. And one of these is the history of political power. This is elevated into the history of the world.
Sir Karl Popper

History balances the frustration of how far we have to go with the satisfaction of how far we have come. It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.
Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen.
Enoch Powell

People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
J Danforth Quayle

However gradual the course of history, there must always be the day, even an hour and minute, when some significant action is performed for the first or last time.
Peter Quennell

This was a great year for preventive worrying. Seldom in recent history have so many people worried about so many things that didn't happen in the end.
James Barrett Scotty Reston

What is desperately needed ... is the skepticism and the sense of history that a liberal arts education provides.
Felix G. Rohatyn

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.
Carl Rowen

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

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

Many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them--if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.
J. D. Salinger

History's lessons are no more enlightening than the wisdom of those who interpret them.
David Schoenbrun

An attempt is already underway to revise history-to leave the impression that the former president had nothing to do with Watergate. But there is no doubt about his obstruction of justice after the Watergate break-in.
John J. Sirica

History makes us some amends for the shortness of life.
Philip Skelton

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.
Thomas Sowell

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
Thomas Sowell

History is the ship carrying living memories to the future.
Stephen Spender

The memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from.
John Still

There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
John Swinton

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher

Any movement in history which attempts to perpetuate itself, becomes reactionary.
Marshal Tito

If we do not learn from history, we shall be compelled to relive it. True. But if we do not change the future, we shall be compelled to endure it. And that could be worse.
Alvin Toffler

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

History is the unfolding of miscalculation.
Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman

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

There was never in the history of the world a great politician who was not hated by large numbers of inferior men.
Unknown

History is written by the winners. The books say the Indians were bad guys and the whites just needed a little land. It's like, Excuse me, let me take your car. I'm discovering it. I'm putting my flag on your windshield.
Mario Van Peebles

History is fables agreed upon.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

A country losing touch with its own history is like an old man losing his glasses, a distressing sight, at once vulnerable, unsure, and easily disoriented.
George Walden

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 Walker

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

History is always best written generations after the event, when clouded fact and memory have all fused into what can be accepted as truth, whether it be so or not.
Theodore Harold White

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.
Alfred Whitney

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.
Elie Wiesel

History is made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
Lord John Whorfin

The inside half of the plate. That's where history's made.
Ted Williams

History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible destroy their family and work ethic.
Walter Williams

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.
Woodrow Wilson

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
Virginia

We're trying to show that we're not a little bit of England in America, but a place for Americans to gain a better perspective on their own history.
Louis Booker Wright

History, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
Mark Yost

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

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

History is powerful stuff. One day your world is fine. The next day it's knocked for a metaphysical loop. Was Napoleon really at Waterloo Would that change what I had for breakfast
Henry Bromel

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.
Cicero

Some people make headlines while others make history.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt

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

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield

America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.
Georg W. Hegel

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.
Leonard Louis Levinson

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

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century.
Dan Quayle

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.
Donald H. Rumsfeld

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 Sumner

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

When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
C. P. Snow

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.
J. W. Schopf

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Thatcher

Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
Margaret Thatcher

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
Virginia Woolf