Good History quotes: Best famous quotes about History

Good History quotes: Best famous quotes about History

Dad, I’m in some trouble. There’s been an accident and you’re going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things. – Edward Kennedy

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. – John F. Kennedy

What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren’t supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown – watch the raindrops coming down the window pane? – Jackie Kennedy

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace. – Nikita Khrushchev

It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise. – Henry A. Kissinger

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions. – Ted Koppel

The map is not the territory. – Alfred Korzybski

It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. – Vladimir Lenin

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself: Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear. – G. Gordon Liddy

We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read. – Abraham Lincoln

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. – Abraham Lincoln

For it is a land of illusion, a place in the mind, a shimmering mirage of riches and mystery and death. These illusions have distorted its landscape and contorted its history. – Richard E. Lingenfelter

In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. – Douglas MacArthur

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war. – Douglas MacArthur

They died hard, those savage men – like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them. – Douglas MacArthur

Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories. – Douglas MacArthur

An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome. – William Manchester

Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself. – William Manchester

It would be inaccurate to say that Churchill and I conversed. Like Gladstone speaking to Victoria, he addressed me as though I were a one-man House of Commons. It was superb. – William Manchester

Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age. – H. L. Mencken

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. – H. L. Mencken

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. – Francois Mitterrand

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy’s murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out. – Lance Morrow

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. – Edward R. Murrow

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

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. – Richard M. Nixon

I can see clearly now… that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate. – Richard M. Nixon

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job. – Richard M. Nixon

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody. – Richard M. Nixon

There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing. – Richard M. Nixon

In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars. – Richard M. Nixon

I haven’t, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order – not one. – Oliver North

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment. – Sandra Day O’Connor

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. – George S. Patton

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton

I have one thing that counts, and that is my heart; it burns in my soul, it aches in my flesh, and it ignites my nerves: that is my love for the people and Peron. – Evita Peron

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can’t stop to count it. – Evita Peron

There are some oligarchs that make me want to bite them just as one crunches into a carrot or a radish. – Evita Peron

Time is my greatest enemy. – Evita Peron

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas. – Evita Peron

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. – Marge Piercy

Although… the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States. – James Polk

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world. – James Polk

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. – Colin Powell

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world. – Colin Powell

It’s a very good historical book about history. – Dan Quayle

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

The neutron warhead is a defensive weapon designed to offset the great superiority that the Soviet Union has on the western front against the NATO nations. – Ronald Reagan

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution. – Anwar Sadat

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind. – Juan Antonio Samaranch

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there. – George Santayana

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

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

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24. – David M. Shoup

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a “peace conference,” you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. – Joseph Stalin

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself. – Gertrude Stein

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech. – James Stockdale

Ireland’s ruins are historic emotions surrendered to time. – Horace Sutton

Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee. – Tacitus

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. – Margaret Thatcher

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. – Margaret Thatcher

It was sheer professionalism and inspiration and the fact that you really cannot have people marching into other people’s territory and staying there. – Margaret Thatcher

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. – Margaret Thatcher

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. – Alexis de Tocqueville

Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor. – Arnold J. Toynbee

History is a vision of God’s creation on the move. – Arnold J. Toynbee

The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s. – Harry S. Truman

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion. – Barbara Tuchman

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically. – Mao Tse-Tung

We talked for a few more minutes and then the president turned to the vice president and said he’d just narrowed the candidates to one. And my 31-year naval career flew out the window. – Stansfield Turner

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Desmond Tutu

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

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

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. – Jessamyn West

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend. – Byron R. White

I saw Chungking for the first time more than 40 years ago – a city of hills and mists, of grays and lavenders, two rivers shaping it to a point and the cliff rising above me like a challenge. – Theodore White

World War II was the last government program that really worked. – George Will

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