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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

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

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


 

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

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

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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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
- James Stockdale

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

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

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

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

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.
- Nikita Khrushchev

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

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
- Neil Armstrong

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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