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Adam Ferguson Quotes and Sayings
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The history of mankind is confined within a limited period,
and from every quarter brings an intimation that human
affairs have had a beginning.
- Adam Ferguson

Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate.
- Adam Ferguson

In every commercial state, notwithstanding any pretension to equal rights,
the exaltation of a few must depress the many.
- Adam Ferguson

Every step and every movement of the multitude,
even in what are termed enlightened ages,
are made with equal blindness to the future;
and nations stumble upon establishments,
which are indeed the result of human action,
but not the execution of any human design.
- Adam Ferguson

 

The artist finds, that the more he can confine his
attention to a particular part of any work,
his productions are the more perfect,
and grow under his hands in the greater quantities.
- Adam Ferguson

Like the winds that we come we know not whence and
blow whither soever they list,
the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin.
They arise before the date of philosophy,
from the instincts, not the speculations of men.
- Adam Ferguson

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

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

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

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

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

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

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

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

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

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

Generally speaking, historically in this country,
the care of a child has been thought of as female business.
- Eddie Bernice Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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 future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

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

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

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

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

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

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

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

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

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


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