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history quotes (139)

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Henry B. Adams   Category: 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   Category: History

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

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

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   Category: History

Failure is impossible.
Susan B. Anthony   Category: History

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong   Category: History

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
James A. Baldwin   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

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

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

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

Libraries are not made, they grow.
Augustine Birrell   Category: History

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
Augustine Birrell   Category: History

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   Category: History

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   Category: History

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: History

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

What is history but a fable agreed upon?
Napoleon Bonaparte   Category: History

We learned the value of research in World War II.
Amar Bose   Category: History

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   Category: History

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

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

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   Category: History

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
Samuel Butler   Category: History

I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

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   Category: History

The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.
Jacques Chirac   Category: History

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
Jean Chretien   Category: History

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

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

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Christopher Columbus   Category: History

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

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
Calvin Coolidge   Category: History

All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world.
Victor Cousin   Category: History

History is a vast early warning system.
Norman Cousins   Category: History

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   Category: History

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   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
Epicurus   Category: History

History is more or less bunk.
Henry Ford   Category: History

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

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mohandas Gandhi   Category: History

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   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

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

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

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   Category: History

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

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert   Category: History

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
Herbert Hoover   Category: History

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

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

If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it.
David Horowitz   Category: History

You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
George M. Humphrey   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: History

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

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   Category: History

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   Category: History

The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.
Lyndon B. Johnson   Category: History

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