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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

Page topic: Good History quotes: Best famous quotes about History

Good quotes about History: Some of the best great quotes about History

Good quotes about History: Some of the best great quotes about History

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. – John Quincy Adams

To live without having a Cicero and a Tacitus at hand seems to me as if it was aprivation of one of my limbs. – John Quincy Adams

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit. – Henry B. Adams

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided. – Konrad Adenauer

Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows. – Dante Alighieri

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world. – Kofi Annan

Failure is impossible. – Susan B. Anthony

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. – Neil Armstrong

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. – James A. Baldwin

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. – Peter Berger

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. – Wendell Berry

History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools. – Ambrose Bierce

History is the great dust-heap… a pageant and not a philosophy. – Augustine Birrell

Libraries are not made, they grow. – Augustine Birrell

Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm. – Augustine Birrell

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world. – Augustine Birrell

Is this true or only clever? – Augustine Birrell

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. – Augustine Birrell

That great dust-heap called ‘history’. – Augustine Birrell

In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly. – Hugo Black

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world. – Tony Blair

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

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. – Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon? – Napoleon Bonaparte

Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. – Louis D. Brandeis

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. – Louis D. Brandeis

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. – A. Whitney Brown

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. – George W. Bush

God cannot alter the past, though historians can. – Samuel Butler

I came, I saw, I conquered. – Julius Caesar

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. – George Washington Carver

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action. – Fidel Castro

Something as curious as the monarchy won’t survive unless you take account of people’s attitudes. After all, if people don’t want it, they won’t have it. – Prince Charles

A light supper, a good night’s sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward. – Earl of Chesterfield

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. – Jacques Chirac

The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible. – Jacques Chirac

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

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. – Grover Cleveland

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World. – Christopher Columbus

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm. – Calvin Coolidge

History is a vast early warning system. – Norman Cousins

History is philosophy teaching by example. – Dionysius

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds. – Benjamin Disraeli

One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That’s the new gloss on the 1st Amendment. – William O. Douglas

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back. – William O. Douglas

I wouldn’t attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go out and riot occasionally. – John Foster Dulles

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it. – Epicurus

History is more or less bunk. – Henry Ford

The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time? – Gerald R. Ford

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

My dear and old country, here we are once again together faced with a heavy trial. – Charles de Gaulle

I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French. – Charles de Gaulle

How can you be expected to govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese? – Charles de Gaulle

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

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn’t think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre. – Dick Gregory

There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with. – William Halsey

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. – Frank Herbert

I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him. – Herbert Hoover

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. – Herbert Hoover

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him. – Herbert Hoover

You can’t set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch. – George M. Humphrey

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations. – Elizabeth II

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition. – Henry James

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. – William James

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

Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it. – Lyndon B. Johnson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President Can’t Swim.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

The Russians feared Ike. They didn’t fear me. – Lyndon B. Johnson

The field of combat was a long, narrow, green-baize covered table. The weapons were words. – C. Turner Joy

To the extent that the judicial profession becomes the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure precedents and the narrowest grounds available, the judicial mind atrophies and its perspective shrinks. – Irving R. Kaufman

What most impresses us about great jurists is not their tenacious grasps of fine points, honed almost to invisibility; it is the moment when we are suddently aware of the sweep and direction of the law, and its place in the lives of men. – Irving R. Kaufman

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it. – Irving R. Kaufman

The Supreme Court’s only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society. – Irving R. Kaufman

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

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. – John F. Kennedy

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy

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