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Wise Quotes about History

May you find great value in these History quotes and sayings.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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 vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

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

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

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

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

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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


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