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History Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about History

Please enjoy these History Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

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

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

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

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

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

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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

The lessons of the past provide the path to the future.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

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

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans.
It presents one of man's first attempts to order his
view of the outside world.
- Stephen Gardiner


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