Best Quotes About Histor

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

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

The Sixties are now considered a historical period, just like the Roman Empire. -Dave Barry

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

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

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. -R. D. Laing

Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently. -Charles Dudley Warner

Once you get into this great stream of history, you can't get out. -Richard M. Nixon

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. -Dave Barry

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out. -Carl Sagan

Journalism is in fact history on the run. -Thomas Griffith

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. -Max Lerner

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

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. -Dan Quayle

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

Whether or not the standard of living made possible by mass production and in turn by mass circulation, is supported by and filled with the work of us hucksters, I guess is something that only history can decide. -Leo Burnett

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. -Georges Clemenceau

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

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

What is history but a fable agreed upon? -Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. -Plato

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

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. -Aldous Huxley

We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today. -Henry Ford

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. -Thomas Jefferson

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history. -George Bernard Shaw

We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be, what do the words of the text mean in our time. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

A historical romance is the only kind of book where chastity really counts. -Barbara Cartland

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. -Winston Churchill

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life. -Norman Cousins

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender. -Abba Eban

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women. -Queen Elizabeth II

To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history. -Clifton Fadiman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. -Barbara W. Tuchman

An obituary should be an exercise in contemporary history, not a funeral oration. -Peter Utley

Rarely in broadcasting history has so much been riding on the whimsical flick of a few thousand wrists. -Harriet Van Horne

Don't get small units caught in between the forces of history. -John W. Vessey, Jr.

In Jewish history there are no coincidences. -Elie Wiesel

The main essentials of a successful prime minister are sleep and a sense of history. -Harold Wilson

An attempt is already underway to revise history – to leave the impression that the former president had nothing to do with Watergate. But there is no doubt about his obstruction of justice after the Watergate break-in. -John J. Sirica

In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine. -J. William Fulbright

The Assembly has witnessed over the last weeks how historical truth is established; once an allegation has been repeated a few times, it is no longer an allegation, it is an established fact, even if no evidence has been brought out in order to support it. -Dag Hammarskjold

Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history. And they will have to accept its verdict. -Dag Hammarskjold

The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. -Potter Stewart

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning. -George F. Kennan

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it. -John F. Kennedy

Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you! -Nikita Khrushchev

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dorothy is the only woman in history who has had her menopause in public and made it pay. -Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders. -Margaret Mead

The long-established and noble rule of Law, one of the greatest products of the character and tradition of British history, has suffered a deadly blow. Blackmail has become respectable. -Robert Menzies

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. -Edward R. Murrow

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice. -Pope Paul VI

My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should have done it, and I don't think we should have done it. -Richard M. Nixon

No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. -Richard M. Nixon

She is the first head of government in history to give a whole country its second childhood. -Simon Hoggart

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. -Dag Hammarskjold

To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved. -Andre Malraux

The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a computer down. the right season for that play, the right historical moment, the right tonality. -Arthur Miller

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

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. -Washington Irving

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with. -Golda Meir

It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history. -Malcolm Forbes

Blood alone moves the wheels of history. -Martin Luther

I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents. -Pablo Picasso

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. -Paul Gauguin

No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it. -Alfred North Whitehead

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. -Walt Whitman

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. -Eugene V. Debs

The history of liberty is a history of resistance. -Woodrow Wilson

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. -Mahatma Gandhi

A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day. -Grandma Moses

In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better. -Edward de Bono

I go into my library and all history unrolls before me. -Alexander Smith

For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time. -Louis L'Amour

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. -Woodrow Wilson

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last. -John F. Kennedy

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. -Voltaire

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance. -Jawaharlal Nehru

Faith is a kind of winged intellect. The great workmen of history have been men who believed like giants. -Charles Henry Parkhurst

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. -Barbara W. Tuchman

Governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deducted from it. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

I am responsible only to God and history. -Francisco Franco

He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed. -Lech Walesa

Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits and values. -Arthur M. Schlesinger

I love doing normal things – movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths – that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums. -Christina Aguilera

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. -Thomas Jefferson

Ideas shape the course of history. -John Maynard Keynes

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. -Carl T. Rowan

The dramatic modernization of the Asian economies ranks alongside the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution as one of the most important developments in economic history. -Lawrence Summers

The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity – or it will move apart. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -Harry S Truman

The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former. -Alfred A. Montapert

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. -Napoleon Bonaparte

There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline. -Andy Grove

Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects. -Herodotus

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

Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England – where liberal value have deep historic roots. -Vladimir Putin

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all. -James Baldwin

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history. -Sonia Johnson

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. -Honore de Balzac

But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues. -George H. W. Bush

Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule. -Jefferson Davis

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. -Benjamin Disraeli

It is a fair summary of history to say that the safeguards of liberty have been forged in controversies involving not very nice people. -Felix Frankfurter

In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins. -Newt Gingrich

It was necessary, as a black historian, to have a personal agenda. -John Hope Franklin

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves. -Phyllis George

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. -Rudyard Kipling

The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. -Ruth Benedict

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

It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been for the most part either an outsider, a servant or a scapegoat. -Richard Hofstadter

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. -Robert Kennedy

In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. -P. J. O'Rourke

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. -Franklin Pierce

From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. -Charles Sumner

Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. -Harry S Truman

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. -Ayn Rand

The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. -John F. Kennedy

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. -Thomas Sowell

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people. -Eleanor Roosevelt

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it. -James Baldwin

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. -Simone Weil

Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top – or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things… Life is one crisis after another. -Richard M. Nixon

After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that. -Reggie Jackson

I sort of missed one big thing, to touch first base. I hope I didn't act foolish, but this is history. -Mark McGwire

The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race. -Branch Rickey

If history is going to repeat itself I should think we can expect the same thing again. -Terry Venables

I'm sick of making bloody history. -Patrick Rafter

Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding. -Juan Antonio Samaranch

Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. -Pierre de Coubertin

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. -James Madison

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. -Will Durant

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion. -Arthur C. Clarke

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. -Ansel Adams

For Africa to me… is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. -Maya Angelou

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. -Thomas Carlyle

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history. -George Orwell

We are entering a new phase in human history – one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population. -Jeremy Rifkin

The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency. -Pope John Paul II

Love is the whole history of a woman's life, it is but an episode in a man's. -Madame de Stael

We stand a chance of getting a president who has probably killed more people before he gets into office than any president in the history of the United States. -Susan Sarandon

We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

It is not I who have been consigned to the bedroom of history. -Corazon Aquino

Never in the history of fashion has so little material been raised so high to reveal so much that needs to be covered so badly. -Cecil Beaton

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years. -Mao Zedong

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. -Virginia Woolf

If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe. -Simone Weil

Human history in essence is the history of ideas. -H. G. Wells

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors. -Antoine Rivarol

This is the worst President ever. He George W. Bush is the worst President in all of American history. -Helen Thomas

Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history – revisionist historians is what I like to call them. -George W. Bush

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

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us? -W. H. Auden

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. -Aristotle

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books – but it is terrible when one has to live it. -Jean Anouilh

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. -Hannah Arendt

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. -Hannah Arendt

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. -George Eliot

Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous. -Barbara Ehrenreich

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice! -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards. -Walter Bagehot

If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament – disarmament follows peace. -Bernard Baruch

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. -Warren Buffett

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. -Francis Bacon

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history. -Henry Ward Beecher

The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie. -Joseph Brodsky

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man. -Jean Genet

No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book. -Ellen Glasgow

The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul. -Emma Goldman

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. -C. S. Lewis

It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of man. -Richard P. Feynman

The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius. -E. M. Forster

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power. -Robert Frost

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. -Robert Fulghum

Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. -Gustave Flaubert

A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. -John Maynard Keynes

The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums. -Arthur Koestler

Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood. -Soren Kierkegaard

Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten. -Milan Kundera

For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence? -Milan Kundera

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle. -Eric Hoffer

For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end. -Hubert H. Humphrey

From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn. -Aldous Huxley

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history. -William Hazlitt

The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition. -Nancy Pelosi

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history. -Alphonse de Lamartine

The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness. -Vladimir Lenin

The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies. -James Anthony Froude

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. -Russell Hoban

A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can. -Edith Hamilton

Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice. -Leigh Hunt

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. -Margaret Thatcher

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

Assassination has never changed the history of the world. -Benjamin Disraeli

The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen. -Ellen Key

Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it. -Eric Hobsbawm

The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself. -Leon Trotsky

If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader! -William Makepeace Thackeray

The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present. -Ernest Dimnet

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect. -Walter Scott

We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing. -Susan Sontag

The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities. -Susan Sontag

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history. -Albert Schweitzer

Reviewers are usually people who would have been, poets, historians, biographer, if they could. They have tried their talents at one thing or another and have failed; therefore they turn critic. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted. -Oliver Cromwell

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. -Albert Camus

To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything. -Albert Camus

The people who have really made history are the martyrs. -Aleister Crowley

It is not observed in history that families improve with time. -George William Curtis

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself. -Winston Churchill

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Memoirs are the backstairs of history. -George Meredith

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it. -Karl Marx

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go. -Timothy Leary

Whatever an artist's personal feelings are, as soon as an artist fills a certain area on the canvas or circumscribes it, he becomes historical. He acts from or upon other artists. -Willem de Kooning

The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things. -Richard Cecil

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful. -Noam Chomsky

While we read history we make history. -George William Curtis

Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism. -Benito Mussolini

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. -Octavio Paz

It is capitalist America that produced the modern independent woman. Never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation. -Camille Paglia

I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that. -Katherine Anne Porter

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost. -M. Scott Peck

I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way. -George W. Bush

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke. -Max Eastman

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point. -Mahatma Gandhi

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

The history of art is the history of revivals. -Samuel Butler

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

The Establishment center… has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster – a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation. -George McGovern

We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. -John F. Kennedy

Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. -Robert Orben

I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral. -John Burroughs

In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. -Alfred Whitney Griswold

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. -Erica Jong

Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. -Karl Marx

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars. -Anatole Broyard

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise. -Erica Jong

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history. -Russell Lynes

Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard. -Pope John Paul II

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. -Aldous Huxley

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. -George Bernard Shaw

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. -Stephen Hawking

The main thing is to make history, not to write it. -Otto von Bismarck

That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history. -William McKinley

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. -David Brinkley

The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense. -William J. Clinton

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time. -C. S. Lewis

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

Ambivalence about family responsibilities has a long history in the corporate world. -Rosabeth Moss Kanter

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering. -Theodore Roosevelt

I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history. -Humphrey Bogart

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen. -Robert A. Heinlein

More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations. -John Barth

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. -Mao Zedong

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. -Theodore Roosevelt

We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion. -Fred Allen

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless. -Honore de Balzac

Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means. -Arthur Koestler

Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us. -George W. Bush

Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis. -John Dewey

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. -Angela Carter

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. -Norman Cousins

The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young. -Kate Millett

It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do. -Benito Mussolini

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. -Richard M. Nixon

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. -Camille Paglia

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends. -William Butler Yeats

If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

Revolutions are the locomotives of history. -Karl Marx

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it. -Mao Zedong

We are now in the Me Decade – seeing the upward roll of the third great religious wave in American history. -Tom Wolfe

There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens. -Coretta Scott King

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival. -Noam Chomsky

The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history. -Noam Chomsky

I have the opportunity to be part of swimming history. To take the sport to a new level would be an honor for me. There's no better time to try this than now. -Michael Phelps

I won't predict anything historic. But nothing is impossible. -Michael Phelps

If you think Abraham Lincoln became famous for inventing the town car, it is time to spend a few hours on history. -Bo Bennett

Value people on their potential, not on their history. -Bo Bennett

The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it. -George W. Bush

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet. -Abdelaziz Bouteflika

For us, universal values such as justice, morality and peace cannot be disputed and it is for this reason that we pursue the restoration of historical truth. -Robert Kocharian

My friends, history, history calls us to this time and to this place. A solemn choice rests with us – where do we go from here? Do we move slowly and incrementally? Or do we seize the challenge of our time and tackle the great issues of our day. -Tom Vilsack

It's appropriate to celebrate public service, and the thoughtful people who choose to serve. They symbolize what is good and decent about this historic citizen legislature, and we thank them. -Bob Ehrlich

History has taught us over and over again that freedom is not free. When push comes to shove, the ultimate protectors of freedom and liberty are the brave men and women in our armed forces. Throughout our history, they've answered the call in bravery and sacrifice. -Tim Pawlenty

There are more people living in freedom today than at any other time in the history of the human race. -Mike Rounds

I also know that there have been many times in our history when the proximity of an election has induced exactly the kind of leadership and consensus-building that produce progress in our democracy. -Joe Lieberman

Today, as we look back on the history of our nation and take note of how far we have come as a people, we are reminded that we owe a great debt to those who fought valiantly for the freedoms that we easily take for granted. -Sam Brownback

Marriage is a core institution of societies throughout the world and throughout history. It's something that has provided permanence and stability for our very social structure. -David Vitter

Students of American history will recall that the important place where work gets done in the legislative body, almost without exception, is in the committees, more so than on the floor although sometimes more attention is paid to the floor. -Paul Sarbanes

At an unprecedented time with the worst attack ever on our soil, our President displayed extraordinary determination, leadership and resolve when history was thrust upon him and the United States. -Olympia Snowe

The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. -Chuck Hagel

As the Iraqi people better understand that Saddam Hussein and his regime are history, it is my hope that they will get behind the coalition effort to help them create a democratic government and rebuild their country. -Pete Domenici

Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage – the union between one man and one woman – has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation's history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now. -Jim DeMint

We know from our own history that democratic institutions take decades to mature, and we know from past conflicts that freedom is not free. -Jim DeMint

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations. -Ambrose Bierce

France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster. -Johnny Depp

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. -Leo Tolstoy

If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace. -Ludwig von Mises

The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster. -Ludwig von Mises

This war is not necessary. We are truly sleepwalking through history. -Robert Byrd

The right to revolt has sources deep in our history. -William O. Douglas

The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art, but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history. -Harold Rosenberg

Man's naked form belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages. -Auguste Rodin

Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it. -John Hersey

Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense. But hope believed is history in the process of being changed. -Jim Wallis

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

There's always some kind of blacklist throughout history. But the difference is, in America they usually let you live. -Rip Torn

Today, energy prices are at historic highs. Some analysts estimate that energy price shocks this year could cost American consumers more than $40 billion. Speaking very frankly, we cannot afford this kind of expense. -Jeff Bingaman

Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions, we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life. -Fernand Braudel

We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations. -Franklin Pierce Adams

I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies. -Christa McAuliffe

You have it within your grasp to be regarded as one of the greatest legislative sessions in the history of the state. If you're bold and if you're ready to aggressively reach for our future, all the ingredients are here. The opportunities are waiting for us. -Dirk Kempthorne

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed. -George Allen

The expansion of tobacco cessation centers is an important part of our historic and continuing effort to help smokers quit. The expansion of these centers will give even more New Yorkers the help they need to quit once and for all. -George Pataki

Our great history has been that people came to Michigan because you didn't have to have a college degree to get a good-paying job. Consequently, we have got a larger number of our population that right now are facing outsourcing, et cetera, without higher or advanced degrees. -Jennifer Granholm

I want each and every West Virginian to have bragging rights. I want to stop playing defense and start playing offense. So, together, let us grab the reins of history. -Joe Manchin

I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it. -John Thune

It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it. -Nelson Rockefeller

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments, the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power. -William S. Paley

You don't have to know people personally for them to be role models. Some of my most important role models were historical or literary figures that I only read about – never actually met. -John Wilson

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents. -Richard Reeves

Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history. -Nicolas Chamfort

I wrote and produced millions and millions of selling records, so my publishing company alone was worth millions of dollars. I didn't have to work anymore in life because when the rappers started sampling… I'm the most sampled artist in history. -Rick James

He could have made it right with the book. But he hasn't. He is a revisionist of history. He has lied. -Monica Lewinsky

Every age sort of has its own history. History is really the stories that we retell to ourselves to make them relevant to every age. So we put our own values and our own spin on it. -Terry Jones

To write history is so difficult that most historians are forced to make concessions to the technique of legende. -Erich Auerbach

There is humor in the specter of the worst disaster in our nation's history. All I have to do is sweep away the debris of shock to find it. -Will Durst

We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past. -Aleksander Kwasniewski

More than forty years of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe resulted in an unhappy and artificial division of Europe. It is this dark chapter of European history that we now have the opportunity to close. -Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage. -Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

With God's help and guidance, we shall soon see the end of this most unpleasant chapter in our history. -John Agyekum Kufuor

At times, we were forced to go through a history of dependence, unable to determine our own destiny. But today, we are at the threshold of a new turning point. -Roh Moo-hyun

Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it. -Pope John Paul II

There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends. -Silvia Cartwright

However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph of humanist and progressive values that mankind has achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness. -Tran Duc Luong

The conviction of our Ukrainian nation is embedded in the pages of its history. -Viktor Yushchenko

The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. -Vladimir Putin

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about. -Carlos Santana

There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations. -Claude Vorilhon

The history of the world shows that peoples and societies do not have to pass through a fixed series of stages in the course of development. -Aung San Suu Kyi

I race historic muscle cars back in Australia, and that's my hobby. And I try to race home as soon as I've finished a movie but don't tell anyone. -Eric Bana

I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him. -Henry Adams

In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust, but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world. It is a part of humanity. -Roberto Benigni

We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular. It has been one of failure and frustration, of feudalism and tribalism. -Alexander Haig

I realized that I had traveled to Havana during what now seems like the childhood of the Cuban Revolution, if you think that Fidel has now been in power for 44 extremely long years. I started looking at the revolution as history, and not as part of the daily news. -Alma Guillermoprieto

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history. -Anita Baker

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

We're at unique point in history where the things that we are building are going to significantly impact our social, political, economical, and personal lives. -Anita Borg

We are people with all the hopes, dreams, passions, and faults of everyone else. Eighty percent of us are born into families with no history of dwarfism. -Billy Barty

Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us. -Buchi Emecheta

I was a pretty angry kid, and I got into military history largely as a way to vent my own anger. As I got older it narrowed down to a more specific focus on individual violence. I'm just trying to understand where it came from. -Caleb Carr

There are two kinds of man: the ones who make history and the ones who endure it. -Camilo Jose Cela

The positive testimony of history is that the State invariably had its origin in conquest and confiscation. No primitive State known to history originated in any other manner. -Albert J. Nock

I want no epitaphs of profound history and all that type of thing. I contributed. I would hope they would say that, and I would hope somebody liked me. -Brian Clough

The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history. -Czeslaw Milosz

No matter what we call it, poison is still poison, death is still death, and industrial civilization is still causing the greatest mass extinction in the history of the planet. -Derrick Jensen

Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom? -Emil Cioran

It seems, though, that historically we have now reached a position in which Jews cannot legitimately be understood always and only as presumptive victims. -Judith Butler

No doubt one may quote history to support any cause, as the devil quotes scripture. -Learned Hand

Anyone who believes you can't change history has never tried to write his memoirs. -David Ben-Gurion

That is a Medieval way of drawing history, in which they do not respect the law and want the rest of the world to respect the law. That's not possible. -Emir Kusturica

The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle. -James Hutton

To pitch a perfect game wearing pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, it's unbelievable. Growing up a Yankee fan, to come out here and make history, it really is a dream come true. -David Wells

The Thames is liquid history. -John Burns

I'm thrilled, I'm grateful, I'm blessed. I played for the world's greatest professional sports team in history. Once a Dallas Cowboy, always a Dallas Cowboy. -Bob Hayes

That's history. I say history because it happened in the past. -Murray Walker

Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. 'Don't bother us with politics', respond those who don't want to learn. -Richard Stallman

Seventy years ago this November, Vladimir Lenin created the modern totalitarian state, transforming simpler forms of tyranny into history's most sophisticated apparatus of rule by terror. -Michael Johns

You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values. -Peter Abrahams

I am told that there is a proverbial phrase among the Inuit: 'A long time ago, in the future.' Let the children see our history, and maybe it will help to shape the future. -Romeo LeBlanc

It's up to history to judge. -Pol Pot

You have reckoned that history ought to judge the past and to instruct the contemporary world as to the future. The present attempt does not yield to that high office. It will merely tell how it really was. -Leopold Von Ranke

I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history. -Al Oerter

In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write? -Gao Xingjian

I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from. -Eddie Izzard

The Congress has historically played covert communal politics in order to create what in India we call vote banks where you pit one community against another and so on in order to secure votes. -Arundhati Roy

Jazz in itself is not struggling. That is, the music itself is not struggling… It's the attitude that's in trouble. My plays insist that we should not forget or toss away our history. -August Wilson

For me, the original play becomes an historical document: This is where I was when I wrote it, and I have to move on now to something else. -August Wilson

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good. -Bill Walton

Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history. -Robert Hall

In the history of the world, no one has ever washed a rented car. -Lawrence Summers

This is an exciting time. I believe we stand at the edge of a new age – a Golden Age – of freedom that will rival any of the great eras of world history because it will be the entire world itself that is changing. -Joe Lieberman

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language. -Paul de Man

And my interest in history was, and remains, very strong: what I wanted was to understand certain things better by understanding them psychoanalytically. -Peter Gay

Every historian has informally an anthropology, without ever using the word. -Peter Gay

Our history is not our destiny. -Alan Cohen

That religious earnestness forever tends toward fright and hence towards brittleness and inquisition is clear enough in mythology and history. -Thomas Howard

Do you really believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, plans to be a loser in history? -Gary North

At the time when this famous historical battle was fought in Kosovo, the people were looking at the stars, expecting aid from them. Now, six centuries later, they are looking at the stars again, waiting to conquer them. -Slobodan Milosevic

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language. -Slobodan Milosevic

Throughout history no one has suffered more than God. He has suffered because his own children fell away from him. Ever since the Fall, God has been working tirelessly for the restoration of mankind. People do not know this brokenhearted aspect of God. -Sun Myung Moon

We have said that Israel has had a very bad history with the United Nations, and whoever cares for himself in Israel distances himself from that Organization. -Yitzhak Shamir

There is no reason to repeat bad history. -Eleanor Holmes Norton

I ain't no historian but I happen to savvy this incident. -Charles Marion Russell

My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher. -David Soul

The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970. -Tom Hayden

World War II was a decisive time in our history and June 6, 1944, marked the decisive moment of the war. -Lane Evans

Watergate was unique because it allowed the public to play its democratic role in expressing its outrage at the presidency. And as a result, for the first time in history a president resigned. -Samuel Dash

Humor has historically been tied to the mores of the day. The Yellow Kid was predicated on what people thought was funny about the immigrant Irish. When you're different in a society, you're funny. -Will Eisner

No man can be a politician, except he be first a historian or a traveller; for except he can see what must be, or what may be, he is no politician. -James Harrington

Privatization came on slowly. When something very big happens, like privatization, historians and economists like to think you must have had very big causes. That is not how it happened. -Kenneth Baker

The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history. -Lew Wallace

I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today. -Tony Bennett

We are not being arrogant or complacent when we are said that our country, as a united nation, has never in its entire history, enjoyed such a confluence of encouraging possibilities. -Thabo Mbeki

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government. -John Sharp Williams

You know, songs often have a very coloured past. They might have something about them but it still doesn't work, so someone else adds a bit, and someone else adds a bit so perhaps one day I'll know its full history. -Kylie Minogue

In the course of her education she had gone through the history usually put into the hands of young people… now her ripened reason gave to her present study at least the advantage of novelty. -Charlotte Smith

The subject matter is very tricky. It's about the Munich massacre and what Mossad did afterwards with the assassination squads. I think it's a turning point in history, especially for the Palestinians. -Daniel Craig

In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated. -John McCarthy

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism, necessary only in backward countries. -John McCarthy

These are matters of external history. They are indeed prominent objects, often changing and giving a new direction to the current; but they tell us not why it flows onward and will ever flow. -Jones Very

I am struck by the fact that personal faith and political agendas are intertwined more closely now than at any other time in recent history. -David Price

I lived in a region in the northwestern province – the people there in general have a great love for the Taliban, so I started to read some of the literature of the scholars and the history of the movement. And my heart became attached to them. -John Walker Lindh

We decry violence all the time in this country, but look at our history. We were born in a violent revolution, and we've been in wars ever since. We're not a pacific people. -James Lee Burke

I think you're going to find out that westerns will be coming back. It's Americana, it's part of our history, the cowboy, the cattle drive, the sheriff, the fight for law, order and justice. Justice will always prevail as far as I'm concerned. -Clayton Moore

If I had been elected president in 1948, history would be vastly different. I believe we would have stemmed the growth of Big Government, which had begun with the New Deal and culminated with the Great Society. -Strom Thurmond

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions. -Kim Campbell

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

Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me. -Kazuo Ishiguro

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same. -Chuck Close

It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians. -Chuck Close

What I am is a thinking, feeling human being compelled by history. -Avery Brooks

Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle. -Francis Cabot Lowell

There was never anything like it before in history. It was a different kind of joyous, happy screaming. -Jo Stafford

When the great history of trouble is written, my family will stand extremely high in the table of contents. -Allan Sherman

The historical circumstance of interest is that the tropical rain forests have persisted over broad parts of the continents since their origins as stronghold of the flowering plants 150 million years ago. -E. O. Wilson

Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time. -Frederick Jackson Turner

The difference between me and the newer artists is that I have the history with the architects, the masters that started the music. I know where the music came from. -Ricky Skaggs

The history of astronomy is a history of receding horizons. -Edwin Powell Hubble

I'm somewhat horrified because I don't think the young people today even know what history is. Some of them don't' even study History at school anymore or Geography and they don't know where one place is from another. -Joan Sutherland

The people who make history are not the people who make it who are there but the people who make it and then write about it. -Julian Cope

I call on everyone of goodwill both in Ireland and abroad to join now in ensuring that the beginning of peace becomes a reality, before this year is out. Let us together open a new era in our history. -Albert Reynolds

The quarrel of the sociologists with the historians is that the latter have learned so much about how to do it that they have forgotten what to do. They have become so skilled in finding facts that they have no use for the truths that would make the facts worth finding. -Albion W. Small

The Bush administration is the most diverse in history because the president fills jobs on the basis of a person's capabilities and qualifications, not on the color of his or her skin. -Alphonso Jackson

The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied, the more clearly those tragic years become revealed as a vast collapse of civilization. -Arthur Henderson

Those nations have a very great responsibility at this juncture of the world's affairs, for by throwing their joint weight into the scales of history on the right side, they may tip the balance decisively in favour of peace. -Arthur Henderson

Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history. -Arthur Henderson

There's a need to keep the history of an artform going, parallel with the new work that's being done. -Hal Price

Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history. -John Moody

The financial history of the Baltimore and Ohio since the close of the nineteenth century is interesting chiefly in connection with changes in the control of the property. -John Moody

The history of the Erie Railroad ever since 1901 has been a record of progress. -John Moody

With the reorganization of 1898 finished, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad entered a new period in its history. -John Moody

But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history. -Thomas Lynch

Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now. -Arnold J. Toynbee

All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development. -Friedrich Engels

At Munich we sold the Czechs for a few months grace, but the disgrace will last as long as history. -F. L. Lucas

If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography. -William Lyon Mackenzie King

The greatest country in the history of the world being attacked. So all of this doesn't mean very much today. -Bud Selig

I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments. -Friedrich August von Hayek

That was the first time ever in history that anybody got Special Guest Star. I started that whole nonsense. -Jonathan Harris

Oh, do not read history, for that I know must be false. -Robert Walpole

Scholars and historians have dubbed the last 100 years the American Century, and I think there can be little doubt that the Council on Foreign Relations helped to make it so. -Spencer Abraham

What a year to live in! Worth all other times ever known in our history or any other. -Thomas Starr King

We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists… to understand how those evil things came about. -Jared Diamond

The United States has long thought of itself as the land of infinite plenty, and historically we did have abundant resources. But now we are gradually exhausting our fisheries, our topsoil, our water. On top of that, we're coming to the end of world resources. -Jared Diamond

The southward advance of native African farmers with Central African crops halted in Natal, beyond which Central African crops couldn't grow – with enormous consequences for the recent history of South Africa. -Jared Diamond

Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented except in science fiction – namely, complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years. -Jared Diamond

The broadest pattern of history – namely, the differences between human societies on different continents – seems to me to be attributable to differences among continental environments, and not to biological differences among peoples themselves. -Jared Diamond

We're uncomfortable about considering history as a science. It's classified as a social science, which is considered not quite scientific. -Jared Diamond

Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I'm optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history. -Jared Diamond

I decided that now is the time to start doing the things that really interest me and I find important. It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that I began working on my first book… and I began putting more work into environmental history. -Jared Diamond

The Russian drama began at the end of 1991, when the Soviet Union mercifully ended. Russia and 14 other new countries emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Every one of those 15 new states faced a profound historical, economic, financial, social and political challenge. -Jeffrey Sachs

Cleveland is my hometown, and the Indians have a narrow but rich history. -Fred Willard

Our history is that we can very aggressively, if necessary, and openly and democratically discuss our differences. We have a democratic history in which we come together and vote on these things. -Stockwell Day

Time and time again, history has proved that the conservatives are right and the liberals are wrong. -Stockwell Day

I was endorsed by many corporations to work with their people. Since I had several hundred successful case histories, I realized that it was really valuable and everybody should have access to the information, so I started teaching seminars to groups of people. -Leonard Orr

Priesthood is not a convenient, historically conditioned form of Church organisation, but is rooted in the Incarnation, in the priesthood and mission of Christ himself. -Arthur Middleton

Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history. -Jacques Yves Cousteau

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic. -Keith Haring

The historian of science may be tempted to exclaim that when paradigms change, the world itself changes with them. -Thomas Kuhn

The histories of mankind are histories only of the higher classes. -Thomas Malthus

Grace can and does have a history. -Karl Rahner

I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature. -Muhammad Iqbal

There are periods in history when change is necessary, and other periods when it is better to keep everything for the time as it is. The art of life is to be in the rhythm of your age. -Oswald Mosley

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. -E. O. Wilson

The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent. -Stendhal

The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So information is a defence. Through this we can build, we must build, a defence against repetition. -Simon Wiesenthal

There is a noble and a base side to every history. -Thomas Wentworth Higginson

I have no restrictions, no limits, no musical history to live with. -Bill Wyman

Because of the fashion, the young people don't have any access to the history of music, unless people like me revive it. There are very few people to revive it, because you can't earn any money doing it. -Bill Wyman

The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly. -Jean Piaget

For some reason, I grew up generally believing that Japan and Korea were quite friendly. I do know that there is some bad history and the extremists on both sides are unreasonable. -Joichi Ito

We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation. -Joichi Ito

We talked about the Internet and Wikipedia and how facts and history are being collectively created online. -Joichi Ito

No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States did this in the Iraq war. -Phyllis Schlafly

We can learn from IBM's successful history that you don't have to have the best product to become number one. You don't even have to have a good product. -Adam Osborne

I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all. -Alan Shepard

Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument. -Justin Winsor

I would consider all of the legislation which I have supported meaningless if I were to sit idly by, silent, during a period which may go down in history as an era when we permitted the curtailment of our liberties. -Dennis Chavez

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

I try hard to convince them it's important – but there's a history of discomfort with minorities voting in some parts of this country, so most especially the older people have to get accustomed to it. -Eddie Bernice Johnson

Irish people are educated not only about artistry but local history. -Fiona Shaw

If we look at music history closely, it is not difficult to isolate certain elements of great potency which were to nourish the art of music for decades, if not centuries. -George Crumb

One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture – some might say the supremely important aspect – is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past. -George Crumb

Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred. -George Crumb

I think it's also the case that I'm not as widely travelled, or as well-educated in history, as most of the other novelists I meet: so I have to write about my own country, at the present time, because it's more or less all I know about! -Jonathan Coe

Although there is a very large literature, still growing almost daily, on the Chinese calendar, its interest is, we suggest, much more archaeological and historical than scientific. -Joseph Needham

One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics. -Henri Poincare

The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do. -Billy Higgins

History is history. -Troy Vincent

With our knowledge of modern-day genetics, we realize that it was possible for God to place the potential for all people throughout history into the genes of Adam and Eve when He created them. -Walter Lang

Clinton has more important things to worry about. He not only risks being destroyed historically, like Afghanistan's Buddha statues; he also could end up going to jail. -Ed Koch

It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out. -Robert Fisk

I was reading a book… 'the history of glue' – I couldn't put it down. -Tim Vine

Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease. -Daniel Barenboim

Religion has caused more misery to all of mankind in every stage of human history than any other single idea. -Madalyn Murray O'Hair

I should have known better. Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence and the pro-choice arguments are not. That is a cultural, historical fact. -Stanley Fish

Many people on the political left found my work psychologically liberating. They began to say: once you realize that standards emerge historically, then you can see through and discard all the norms to which we have been falsely enslaved. -Stanley Fish

I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began. -John Henrik Clarke

The time is coming when the pressure of population on the means of subsistence will be felt here as it is now felt in Europe and Asia. Then will the world enter upon a new stage of its history – the final competition of races, for which the Anglo-Saxon is being schooled. -Josiah Strong

I need to keep my story count high. I'm trying to get as many stories in my hour as is humanly possible. We're telling more stories in our hour than any national newscast has in the history of this business, I think. -Shepard Smith

It is as if Clinton had called one of the most respected character witnesses in all of U.S. history to testify that the primal urge has a most distinguished presidential pedigree. -Joseph J. Ellis

The need for raising the awareness of this shameful chapter in U.S. history is more apparent than ever. -Mike Honda

Unlike any other time in our history, we have to know that staying in school and getting an education is the most important thing you can do. -Alexis Herman

I love Chicago. It's such a great town, and it's got great culture and great history, and it's not as extreme as LA or New York, and it's just- it's hard for me for work, because I don't live and work in the same place and that's tough. But I'm- I love it. -Joan Cusack

A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the result of sudden impulse and accident than of that reason of which we so much boast. -Peter Cooper

The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field. -Toru Takemitsu

The first movie was mostly about George and Julia. This one is mostly about me and Catherine and our love story and our whole history. So it's a very different movie. -Casey Affleck

Harrison Ford was pretty content as a carpenter who thought it would be nice to work on TV and ended up being the biggest film star in the history of cinema. -Dirk Benedict

I definitely felt that I was put at a very high place to be able to be a part of such a wonderful franchise in cinema history, so I was definitely very driven at doing a great job and having my body look the way it should and just being a part of the creative process. -Kristanna Loken

I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals. -David Attenborough

In the old days… it was a basic, cardinal fact that producers didn't have opinions. When I was producing natural history programmes, I didn't use them as vehicles for my own opinion. They were factual programmes. -David Attenborough

You can only get really unpopular decisions through if the electorate is convinced of the value of the environment. That's what natural history programmes should be for. -David Attenborough

It is very difficult to hang onto the relics of history. -Iris Chang

After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book. -Iris Chang

I have certainly amassed many historical research gathering skills. -Iris Chang

I have seen how effective language attached to policies that are mainstream and delivered by people who are passionate and effective can change the course of history. -Frank Luntz

No, my degree was history, not the practice of art! I can't draw to save my life you know. -Emma Anderson

I hope that not only my documentaries, but everybody's documentaries, last. It will really confuse historians in the next century, because they'll have, in addition to all the print material, they'll have all these pictures to look at. -Frederick Wiseman

I've always been interested in the history of the West, our country and particularly as it relates to the Native Americans – the original Americans. -Beau Bridges

However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy. -Chen Shui-bian

What a thrill it was to play opposite Maurice Evans in this brilliant, dazzling musical, based on the life of two of the greatest personalities in stage history. -Dinah Sheridan

The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class. -Ernest Mandel

On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class. -Ernest Mandel

Otherwise we get off the track and we do not fulfil the historical role which we want to fulfil: to help the masses, the exploited and the oppressed of the world, build a classless society, a world socialist federation. -Ernest Mandel

Our agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley continues to face historically low prices and producer income, as well as losses due to weather and other disasters. -Sue Kelly

The War on Terror is one of the most critical national security efforts in our history. -Sue Kelly

The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history. -Todd Akin

The dark shadow we seem to see in the distance is not really a mountain ahead, but the shadow of the mountain behind – a shadow from the past thrown forward into our future. It is a dark sludge of historical sectarianism. We can leave it behind us if we wish. -David Trimble

The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems. -Robert D. Kaplan

There has never been an unexpectedly short debugging period in the history of computers. -Steven Levy

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past – I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past. -Anita Desai

India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country. -Anita Desai

All I know is that history repeats itself and people are going to want to experience the world. But I know then they are going to have a better appreciation for what is here in Maine. -John Baldacci

The oppressed peoples can liberate themselves only through struggle. This is a simple and clear truth confirmed by history. -Kim Il-sung

It avoids a self-conscious relationship to the act. We live in the most self-conscious society in the history of mankind. There are good things in that, but there are also terrible things. The worst of it is, that we find it hard to give ourselves to the cultural process. -Larry Harvey

I want to suggest a feeling. It's ridiculous to assume you can state an opinion. Somebody else can never relate to the lyric in the same way because their whole experience is different. You can only suggest, then people add their own history and experience to the lyrics. -Danielle Dax

From the time I was a little boy I found myself reading history when I had a choice. I read a lot of things, but history had a special appeal for me. -Donald Kagan

Throughout the human experience people have read history because they felt that it was a pleasure and that it was in some way instructive. The profession of professor of history has taken it in a very different direction. -Donald Kagan

History had its own way of explaining things. The way historians explain things is by telling a story. -Donald Kagan

I can see that you are a true historian because you really always ought to ask that question about anybody at a different place or a different time: What's the same and what's different? -Donald Kagan

Without history we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born. -Donald Kagan

Food might be more immediately important than history but if you don't understand what's been done to you – by your own people and the so-called 'they' – you can never get around it. -Henry Hampton

Everybody needs history but the people who need it most are poor folks – people without resources or options. -Henry Hampton

So always, if we look back, concern for face-to-face morality, and its modern emphasis on justice as well, have historically evolved as religious issues. -Huston Smith

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history? -Katharine Anthony

I extract what I consider the best material from different sources. But often the material I perform comes from a very strange location in history, which are minstrel shows. -Leon Redbone

Dates and periods are of interest only to the student of musical history. -Peter Warlock

I'm truly worried about the country's direction. I can tell you this categorically, we've got the weakest president and the weakest governor in the history of my 50 years of public service. -Fritz Hollings

Why would you create a movie for black people if you don't understand the history and perspective of the people you are doing it for? You need historical perspective to make sound decisions. -Tim Reid

I want to become a student. I want to read Chinese history and go on a dig. -Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. -Joe Barton

Research can be a big clunker. It's difficult to know how you can make the historical light. -Michael Ondaatje

The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat. -Michael Ondaatje

What I did was sit down with the Washington State officials, with the historic preservation people, with the tribe, the local community, the port of Port Angeles, and we worked this thing out, and we protected the tribe's interest. -Norm Dicks

So when people go to the park this summer, they are not going to have the same quality of a visit. There is not going to be a ranger out on the trail to tell them about the important cultural and historic areas within the Olympic National Park. -Norm Dicks

I'm not an historian but I can get interested – obsessively interested – with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past. -Penelope Lively

There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history. -Penelope Lively

I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life has been dictated by it too, as all our lives are. -Penelope Lively

I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement. -Penelope Lively

Equally, we require a collective past – hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present. -Penelope Lively

The histories which we have of the great tragedy give no idea of the general wretchedness, the squalid misery, which entered into every individual life in the region given up to the war. Where the armies camped the destruction was absolute. -Rebecca Harding Davis

And certainly the history of public sculpture has been disastrous but that doesn't mean it ought not to continue and the only way it even has a chance to continue is if the work gets out into the public. -Richard Serra

Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have a facility for historic characters. -Robert Englund

I have no history but the length of my bones. -Robin Skelton

In exchange for power, influence, command and a place in history, a president gives up the bulk of his privacy. -Roger Mudd

It wasn't simply that Clinton created the greatest prosperity in the country's history. Or that we created 22 million new jobs, more than ever before. Under Clinton, poverty was reduced 25%. -Sidney Blumenthal

It was the biggest suppression of voting rights in our country's history since Jim Crow. And the thread of race runs from the beginning to the end of my book. -Sidney Blumenthal

It's absolutely crucial for the Democrats to have a sense of their history, of who they are, in order to be able to project their values and stand up for them. -Sidney Blumenthal

I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. -Smokey Robinson

If I can generate enough income, I'd like to get a castle, a historic castle that I can restore. -Henry Thomas

The institution of chivalry forms one of the most remarkable features in the history of the Middle Ages. -Horatio Alger

I'm a history buff, and right now we're sitting on one of the most dramatic historical shifts that this planet has ever seen and we have a front row seat for it. -James Daly

Many of America's historical cornbreads were staple breads for people who didn't have many other options. -Jeremy Jackson

That said, there are certainly still cooks out there who make fantastic historical cornbreads, though the old recipes have often been changed to include modern techniques and ingredients. -Jeremy Jackson

As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones. -Joan D. Vinge

I loved psychology and I loved history. -Joely Fisher

I've been lucky. I've had this history of having an appeal to more than one type of audience. -Juice Newton

In the 2004 presidential election, we saw a wonderful example of citizens making contributions. In fact, individual giving to both the Kerry and Bush campaigns was the highest in our nation's history. -Mark Shields

When history looks back, it will prove what I'll die knowing. -Jack Kevorkian

Our country stands at a critical point in its history. Our heritage as a nation of immigrants is at stake. -Roger Mahony

I had a minor in Russian history, and this was at the time when the big Cold War was going on. -Kevin J. Anderson

The supernatural birth of Christ, his miracles, his resurrection and ascension, remain eternal truths, whatever doubts may be cast on their reality as historical facts. -David Friedrich Strauss

The cosmical importance of this conclusion is profound and the possibilities it opens for the future very remarkable, greater in fact than any suggested before by science in the whole history of the human race. -Francis William Aston

Altho that is so, Ireland has always denied and Ireland still denies that the Union was binding upon her either legally or morally. And here on this historic occasion we have assembled to renew our protest and to place it upon record. -John Edward Redmond

If we win, we'll make history, and I'll serve you on the Agriculture Committee. -George Nethercutt

I see the great continuities in New Zealand history as being decency and common sense and up until now when we've confronted these things we've been able to talk them through, and I'm sure we will with this issue as well. -Michael King

I believe very strongly, and have fought since many years ago – at least over 30 years ago – to get architecture not just within schools, but architecture talked about under history, geography, science, technology, art. -Richard Rogers

So be it. God created profoundly fallible creatures on this earth, and human history is mostly the story of error and accident. -Michael Ledeen

That so unlikely an outcome should accrue to a man possessed of such limited talent and so many flaws, and one lacking in a sense of ethics and decency was one of the bitter ironies of history. -William Thomas Green Morton

I taught a lot of art history, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Indian. But the painting classes came back. The nudes came back. Not so much the still lifes. So now our department is the worst department, partly because it has the worst facilities. -Ad Reinhardt

I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime. -James Ellroy

Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist. -James Ellroy

As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me. -James Ellroy

For the Archivist, this role is a result of his obligation to preserve and assure timely and maximum access to our governmental records in the evolving historic saga of the American people. -Allen Weinstein

In the Federal Government, electronic records are as indispensable as their paper counterparts for documenting citizens' rights, the actions for which officials are accountable, and the nation's history. -Allen Weinstein

The history of the last century shows, as we shall see later, that the advice given to governments by bankers, like the advice they gave to industrialists, was consistently good for bankers, but was often disastrous for governments, businessmen, and the people generally. -Carroll Quigley

Islam, the third in historical sequence of the ethical monotheistic religions of the Near East, was very successful in establishing its monotheism, but had only very moderate success in spreading its version of Jewish and Christian ethics to the Arabs. -Carroll Quigley

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. -Carter G. Woodson

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. -Carter G. Woodson

And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race. -Carter G. Woodson

It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions. -Christopher Dawson

Every great movement in the history of Western civilization from the Carolingian age to the nineteenth century has been an international movement which owed its existence and its development to the cooperation of many different peoples. -Christopher Dawson

It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching. -Douglas Hurd

We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past. -Douglas Hurd

We should be wary of politicians who profess to follow history while only noticing those signposts of history that point in the direction which they themselves already favour. -Douglas Hurd

Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves. -Douglas Hurd

In fact, the history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man's inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home. -Ellsworth Huntington

The trial of Ernst Zundel has gone down in Canadian history. -Ernst Zundel

What we have to do now is to make the public at large aware that what we're looking at is not a historical event but – and I have to be brutal and I am going to say it – a racket. -Ernst Zundel

An hour or two spent in writing from dictation, another hour or two in reading aloud, a little geography and a little history and a little physics made the day pass busily. -Hudson Stuck

Recounting their histories, people often sound like interested bystanders to their own lives. -Hugh Mackay

Although his crusade in 1957 occurred at a time in our nation's history when race divided all, Reverend Graham refused to preach in segregated audiences. -Jerry Moran

Their free verse was no form at all, yet it made history. -John Crowe Ransom

If we turn to palaeontology to tell us about our biological evolution it is to prehistory that we look for evidence of the evolution of specifically human patterns of behaviour. -John G. D. Clark

As contemporary history reminds us we are human to the extent that we are able to chose between alternatives. -John G. D. Clark

At the first general meeting of this Corporation in 1820, his Lordship presided; a circumstance, which may well be considered an era in the history of the Church of Upper Canada. -John Strachan

The strike of the miners in Arizona was one of the most remarkable strikes in the history of the American labor movement. Its peaceful character, its successful outcome, were due to that most remarkable character, Governor Hunt. -Mary Harris Jones

Of history, how little do we know by personal contact; we have lived a few years, seen a few men, witnessed some important events; but what are these in the whole sum of the world's past. -Matthew Simpson

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable. -Michael Shermer

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth. -Michael Shermer

The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time. -Muhammad Iqbal

By focusing once and for all on helping the Palestinians build a free society, I have no doubt that an historic compromise between Israelis and Palestinians can be reached and that peace can prevail. -Natan Sharansky

Permanent superiority has never been realized by any nation in history. After the rise comes the fall. -Paul P. Harris

There were a lot of adventure books for boys, historical novels by Kenneth Roberts, and whatever mystery novels the alarmed librarian imagined might not corrupt an eager but innocent youth. -Peter Straub

I will be a historical painter. -William Allan

However, while we should certainly celebrate the demise of overt official racism, we must also critically examine where we are at this historical moment, recognize the many challenges ahead and reaffirm our commitment to making Brown v. Board a reality. -Ed Markey

Last year in a historic move, the state of New York passed the very first cigarette fire safety standard. -Ed Markey

The countless number of influential figures in American history who are of Caribbean heritage indicates the need to set aside a designated time to celebrate their contribution to our country. -Eliot Engel

During the 1990s, San Francisco lived through one of the most intense economic booms of its history. -Gavin Newsom

I did this within a philosophical framework, and a moral and legal framework. And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest villain in the history of lobbying. -Jack Abramoff

I went further and further back through the centuries to get a sense of perspective but now at least I understand why Irish history evokes such strong passions and emotions. -James D'arcy

There is an odd sense of responsibility attached to appearing in a drama about a real piece of history. A work of fiction is fun. -James D'arcy

Although this is a fictitious story the history is real. You don't want to re-write history but you certainly want to portray events and characters as realistically as you can. -James D'arcy

If you review the commercial history, you will discover anyone who controls oriental trade will get hold of global wealth. -James J. Hill

The particular feature of Berlin – well, all you need to do is look at the map: the geographical position of the city right in the heart of Europe, and the separation of the most powerful two blocs we've ever had in history, which went all the way through Germany. -Markus Wolf

I have three degrees in history and only one in law, but since I came back to specialize in constitutional law where history is so essentially a part and an explanation of much that exists, the two disciplines blended very well. -Frank Scott

No people in the history of the world have ever been so misunderstood, so misjudged, and so cruelly maligned. -John Brown Gordon

There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn't feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree, set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts. -Chester Brown

I think we're struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles. -Fred Ward

It's a major part of world history that men are trying to kill each other. It's just one slaughter after the other. We talk about it, but no one's really listening. -Fred Ward

It's like a prehistoric reflex, you know, going out and getting the meat and bringing it back to the cave. You feel you're supposed to make it better, but more than likely she's asking you to tell her how you feel. -Fred Ward

Just think, if I had understood my lawyer and if he and I had communicated properly in January 1958, this whole history would have been entirely different . -Gordon Gould

I want to buy them, because historically these have been great engines of enrichment for the middle class, 'historically' meaning now for a good ten years. -Jim Cramer

The party line is that stocks historically have outperformed all other investment plans. -Jim Cramer

You have a class of investors and you have a class of speculators. The speculators historically haven't been big enough to cause the investors to doubt the long-term vision of stock. -Jim Cramer

This empire, unlike any other in the history of the world, has been built primarily through economic manipulation, through cheating, through fraud, through seducing people into our way of life, through the economic hit men. I was very much a part of that. -John Perkins

We've built the largest empire in the history of the world. It's been done over the last 50 years since World War II with very little military might, actually. It's only in rare instances like Iraq where the military comes in as a last resort. -John Perkins

It was the best route to get folks to understand segregation fast. Civil rights and women's rights had a clear history. Making the transition to rights for people with disabilities became easier because we had the history of the other two. -Major Owens

I have the most profound respect for the Department of Justice and the FTC. We in Europe are a younger and I would say junior institution to the historical antitrust experience of the US. -Mario Monti

During the days of segregation, there was not a place of higher learning for African Americans. They were simply not welcome in many of the traditional schools. And from this backward policy grew the network of historical black colleges and universities. -Michael N. Castle

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger. -Michael N. Castle

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. -Michael N. Castle

Typically, historical black colleges and universities like Delaware State, attracted students who were raised in an environment where going to college wasn't the next natural step after high school. -Michael N. Castle

And then for the first time in history a Cook County state's attorney was reelected for a third time. -Richard M. Daley

Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational clash between organized religions is the next step in human history. -Mary Douglas

The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting. -Mary Douglas

A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories. -Andy Goldsworthy

A lot of the great songwriters in history have been collaborators, with a separate lyricist. -Mike Gordon

Now, I believe that war is never inevitable until it starts, but there has been a great proclivity in human history, and including in recent history, for war. -William C. Kirby

East Asia has prospered since the end of the Vietnam War, and Northeast Asia has prospered since the end of the Korean War in a way that seems unimaginable when you think of the history of the first half of the century. -William C. Kirby

The U.S. should support the historic Gaza withdrawal as a first step toward a final settlement: a permanent Palestinian state in Gaza and nearly all of the West Bank. -Lee H. Hamilton

As a historical legacy, the Kashmir conflict has been an outstanding issue for more than half a century. -Li Peng

People should have freedom in their pilgrimages and tours. They should come and visit historical monuments and sites – let's say the sites around Iran – where they can easily engage in wide- scale contacts with others. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I see a lot of patterns in our behavior as a nation that parallel a lot of other historical processes. -Maynard James Keenan

I think people in general have neglected to learn about history. -Maynard James Keenan

Just in general, any government throughout history hasn't really wanted its people to be educated, because then they couldn't control them as easily. -Maynard James Keenan

For it is the duty of an astronomer to compose the history of the celestial motions through careful and expert study. -Nicolaus Copernicus

Perhaps our Irish friends should not so completely turn their backs on their historical dishes, no matter how many jokes they might have to endure. -Nick Clooney

In economic panics throughout history, the wiping out of the savings accounts of lower earners and the middle class has often led to social revolution, sometimes violent upheavals. -Nick Clooney

We never, ever in the history of mankind have had access to so much information so quickly and so easily. -Vint Cerf

In times of war, it is often best to look to our history to see how past generations of Americans dealt with the loss of their countrymen in just causes. -Virginia Foxx

After two world wars, the collapse of fascism, nazism, communism and colonialism and the end of the cold war, humanity has entered a new phase of its history. -Hans Kung

All historical experience demonstrates the following: Our earth cannot be changed unless in the not too distant future an alteration in the consciousness of individuals is achieved. -Hans Kung

As Members of Congress and people of conscience, we must work to overcome the indifference and distortions of history, and ensure that future generations know what happened. -Jerry Costello

This was a tragic event in human history, but by paying tribute to the Armenian community we ensure the lessons of the Armenian genocide are properly understood and acknowledged. -Jerry Costello

Medicare and Social Security have created the healthiest and most financially secure generation of senior citizens in American history. -Jim Walsh

I have not lived so abundantly, full of family, full of continuity and history. -John Lone

Of course, one way of thinking about all of life and civilization is as being about how the world registers and processes information. Certainly that's what sex is about; that's what history is about. -Seth Lloyd

There remains, however, the hope, at least in Russia, that, as sometimes happens in history, the memory of lost alternatives will one day inspire efforts to regain them. -Stephen Cohen

When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, 'Who are these people? Why should we watch them? -Dick Wolf

I was thinking of writing a little foreword saying that history is, after all, based on people's recollections, which change with time. -Frederik Pohl

But history is neither watchmaking nor cabinet construction. It is an endeavor toward better understanding. -Marc Bloch

The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale. He knows that wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies. -Marc Bloch

The historian is, by definition, absolutely incapable of observing the facts which he examines. -Marc Bloch

I was also a big Woody Allen fan. When I got into college I listened to Lenny Bruce but it's taken me years to put him into context historically and really get what he did. -Marc Maron

Without the connotation good or bad, bin Laden's a great man in the sense that he's influenced the course of history. -Michael Scheuer

The apostolic writings are of three kinds: historical, didactic, and prophetic. -Philip Schaff

I think that show will go down in history… people will scratch their heads and say 'How did this ever get on the air?' I mean, they finally have a planet that's populated with a black race and then they present them as savage warriors, and the men want the white girl! -Denise Crosby

Most of our history in space has been communicated in terms of action – what people do, a chronological list of events which have transpired – as opposed to the human experience of having done those things. -Story Musgrave

I'm trying to deal with ideas about histories, fame, hearsay, and how public identities are constructed. -Barbara Kruger

All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which, in turn, can become history. It's scary. -Barbara Kruger

I think that every so-called history book and film biography should be prefaced by the statement that what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances. -Barbara Kruger

I did some commercials and a couple of B movies, then a few pilots that didn't go anywhere. Eventually I did the pilot for Beverly Hills, 90210. The rest is history. -Brian Austin Green

I further value this gift as it gave me an opportunity to accept this distinguished honor in a country so devoted to this cause and whose history marks a wonderful chapter in world development. -Frank B. Kellogg

There is no short and easy road, no magic cure for those ills which have afflicted mankind from the dawn of history. -Frank B. Kellogg

Kennedy invited us into the White House-the first time in the history of the White House picketers had been invited inside. This made front page headlines. -Peter Coyote

When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery. -Lynn Abbey

One of my great passions is the collection of historical trivia. -Lynn Abbey

My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history. -Lynn Abbey

I'm playing dark history. It's beyond black. I'm dealing with the dark things of the cosmos. -Sun Ra

I can think of films that I'm producing right now that are extremely hard-hitting, graphic films, that nobody necessarily wants to see, graphic in terms of violence, of adult content and racial and historical subject matter. -Aaron Eckhart

Marriage has historically been in the domain of the States to regulate. -Corrine Brown

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down – there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF. -Dan Simmons

In historical and constitutional terms, the recent political status vote in Puerto Rico was a necessary but obviously not decisive step on the road of self-determination leading to full self-government. -Dick Thornburgh

When you write a two thousand page history of the Second World War, the deportations and the concentration camps will take up five pages, and the gas chambers perhaps 20 lines. -Jean-Marie Le Pen

There's always that argument to make – that you're in better company historically if people don't understand what you're doing. -Elliott Smith

I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more history to it than the later portion that I know. -Lara St. John

Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola. -Robert Shea

Do I regret taking the company public? Yes and no. Yes, because it put us under enormous pressure for a young company to go public at that point in its history, something you never could have done in the old days. -David Talbot

I wander around, get the lay of the land and try to imagine what kind of people would have lived there in that historical period. What would they eat? What kind of clothing would they wear? How did they shelter themselves? How did they get around? -James Welch

They killed my character off and as God would have it, just when they told me I would never work again, I got cast in a little program called Roots, and as they would say, the rest is history. -John Amos

Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science. -Walter Jon Williams

The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly. -Walter Jon Williams

Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists. -Alfred Rosenberg

In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia. -John Sergeant Wise

Who authorised the spend of millions of pounds and thousands of man hours into a stale, historical situation from three decades ago – with virtually no complaints made? -Jonathan King

I loved history, particularly of the British, American and Old Testament kind. -Luke Ford

The history of mankind is a history of war. -Mike Love

There are some cities that I did take time out to study, 'cause I love history and one of them was Boston, and of course Rome and all of those places like that. But, in Syracuse or Rochester, or any of those places, no. -Connie Francis

I think politics can no longer be assigned to parliamentary activity and it probably never could be. But politics with a small p and the history of trade union movement really interests me. -Saffron Burrows

History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting. -Sarah Vowell

Most people don't like to talk about violent historical death. -Sarah Vowell

In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way. -Alan Watts

It has been generally the custom of writers on natural history to take the habits and instincts of animals as the fixed point, and to consider their structure and organization as specially adapted to be in accordance with them. -Alfred Russel Wallace

For many of those who had historically supported welfare programs in the broadest sense, it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them. -Barney Frank

While I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively high number of jobs created in April, the fact is that job creation during this recovery period has significantly lagged both historical experience in recovery, and the projections of the Bush Administration. -Barney Frank

Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate. -Cliff Stearns

Indeed, scientific truth by consensus has had a uniformly bad history. -David Douglass

I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years. -David Rockefeller

We are still living in the aftershock of Hiroshima, people are still the scars of history. -Edward Bond

For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that. -Fred Thompson

So if you look back over the long history of China, they've never tried to take over the world, but they've been quite aggressive in their own neighborhood… in carrying out their own purposes and interests in their sphere of the world. -Fred Thompson

People in millenniums ahead will know what we were like in the 1930's and the thing that, the important major things that shaped our history at that time. This is as important for historic reasons as any other. -Gordon Parks

We believe that the European Union is facing a truly historic choice. -Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Throughout the history of our young nation, we have seen our military go bravely into battle, armed with courage and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. -John M. McHugh

The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident. -Kathryn Bigelow

And it has some weight, I mean, the whole history of the gargoyles, that's some wonderful stuff. -Keith David

The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history's worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe. -Linda Chavez

Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age. -Michael Behe

But myth is something else than an explanation of the world, of history, and of destiny. -Paul Ricoeur

Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen. -Paul Ricoeur

I turned pro and won Rookie of the Year on the South African Tour and then it took me two tries at the qualifying school on the European Tour and to get my card and the rest is history. -Retief Goosen

As the gospels present it to us, the mission of Jesus of Nazareth is about the way in which the community of God's people – historically, the Jewish people who had first received the law and the covenant – is being re-created in relation to Jesus himself. -Rowan Williams

The twentieth century may tell us that we have nothing to be complacent about in the recent history of humankind; but it also tells us that there is nothing inevitable about tyranny. -Rowan Williams

Beating Pakistan is always special because they are a tough team and we have a bit of a history regarding Pakistan. -Sachin Tendulkar

When the venture has been made of dealing with historical events and characters, it always seems fair towards the reader to avow what liberties have been taken, and how much of the sketch is founded on history. -Charlotte Mary Yonge

There is no justifiable prediction about how the hypothesis will hold up in the future; its degree of corroboration simply is a historical statement describing how severely the hypothesis has been tested in the past. -Robert Nozick

I've left Boro in the Premiership, which was always what I wanted to do. Actually that's not quite true. I took them to three cup finals, where they'd never been before. But I had set my eyes on being the first manager in their history to deliver a major trophy. -Bryan Robson

Ellis Peters's historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination. -Derek Jacobi

It sort of filtered into their subconscious through motion pictures, but it's an historical secret. This – whatever this is – needs to be studied and, in a kind of definitive way, talked about. -Dwight Schultz

This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts. -Haile Gebrselassie

September 11 awoke us to the threat of terrorism. It was forever bookmarked in our history as the day when life as Americans knew it, changed forever. -Randy Forbes

All that is noble in the world's past history, and especially the minds of the great and the good, are never lost. -James Martineau

Never in our country's history have we witnessed a natural disaster that has impacted so many people in such a wide area. In fact, as of the writing of this column, millions of people along the Gulf Coast have been displaced from their homes in a period of only five days. -Jo Bonner

At many points during our nation's history, there have been times – known in our history textbooks as 'panics' – when adverse conditions affecting the financial and economic sectors of the country have caused individuals to hoard more than they need. -Jo Bonner

I think it's one of my favourite theatres ever, so quirky and wonderful and steeped in history. The space is wonderful and the acoustics are brilliant. -Louise Jameson

I think my parents were happy that I'd gone to university and gotten a degree in history so they thought, 'Well if acting doesn't work for him, he can always become a history teacher or something.' Fortunately, the acting worked out. -Derek Jacobi

I am very proud to come back, to speak on the disinterested effort we have made and I believe that, with all due respect, that the decisions we made, when we turned our final report over to President Johnson, will stand in history. -John Sherman Cooper

Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time. -Robert Smithson

As founder and co-chair of the upper Mississippi River Congressional task force, I have long sought to preserve the river's health and historical multiple uses, including as a natural waterway and a home to wildlife, for the benefit of future generations of Americans. -Ron Kind

Let's use the energy of this historic year to propel us toward our shared vision of a greater Boston. -Thomas Menino

And it's a crime because the great plays of history, going all the way back to the Greeks, are part of everybody's heritage. It's just like in music, Beethoven or Mozart, that's everybody's heritage. -Tony Randall

There was a time in American history when almost every white person knew who Aretha Franklin was. -Peabo Bryson

My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history. -Russell Banks

It's more interesting because you get to research the history of the period, and all the different aesthetic elements that make a film, particularly this film, so stunning. -Stanley Tucci

Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government. -Harold Washington

The president's decision yesterday to set into motion the development of the hydrogen bomb… has placed us on the knife-edge of history. -Henry M. Jackson

The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for philosophical rectitude cannot, however, be compromised. -Herbert Read

It is the recognition of history as a record of human experience which has inevitably resulted in the inclusion of this conquest of civilization within the framework of a complete human history. -James Henry Breasted

This recognition of the earlier human background, now so obvious to us, did not come all at once, for the inclusion of history itself in university instruction is an event less than two centuries old. -James Henry Breasted

The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian. -James Henry Breasted

It is this conception of the unity of the human career which is perhaps the greatest achievement of historical study, since it gained a place analogous to that of natural science. -James Henry Breasted

In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America. -James Henry Breasted

Epidemics historically have tended to kill the very young and the very old, but AIDS is different: Those ages 20 to 40 are most affected, which means that so far over 12 million African children have been orphaned because of AIDS. -Marvin Olasky

The 2000 election exposed some ugly history in our country. -Donna Brazile

You need, as a historian, essential triangulation from your subject and the only way you get that triangulation is through time. -Ken Burns

You can learn as much about the history from reading about the present as you can vice versa, that is learning about the present through history, which is what I do for a living. -Ken Burns

I subscribe to William Faulkner's' view that history is not just about what we were before but who we are now. -Ken Burns

Violence is a part of America. I don't want to single out rap music. Let's be honest. America's the most violent country in the history of the world, that's just the way it is. We're all affected by it. -Spike Lee

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing. That means there's also more bad SF available. Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field. -Alan Dean Foster

It's what the Iraqi people are going through right now. They have encountered a victorious, hostile force-but, you know, there they still are. There their culture is, there their history is, they're not going anywhere. -Michael Nesmith

The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind. -Mary Ritter Beard

I think that's not a question that one can answer accurately. I read a whole range of books, quite a lot of history at the time, and still do read a lot. I read very widely. -John Hume

Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction. But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum. -John Hume

Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting. -John Hume

In my own recent String Trio I attempt to superimpose two quite different sets of formal strategies, both of which, ultimately, refer back to historical precedent. -Brian Ferneyhough

The most he would do was to promise that the gates of hell should not prevail against it. It is about all that, looking back on the history of the Church, one can feel that they have not done. -Charles Williams

I'm doing my part, building plants at a record rate, having historic conservation levels. The only people not doing their part is the federal government that is siding with the energy companies against the interests of the people of California. -Gray Davis

I have always felt that this story is universal. When I began to understand the details of the history, I felt that the most compelling aspect was not what happened, but what continues to happen and how it is denied. -Atom Egoyan

I promised her an interesting life and good food, and the rest is history. -Bob Ehrlich

Well, I actually wrote her a letter a couple of days ago congratulating her. The tone I tried to convey in the letter is, look, you are a part of a great American historical process. -Bruce Babbitt

Society mends its wounds. And that's invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories. -Charlton Heston

I think I was a good student, because I jumped over a school. My main interest was basically history and literature. Sports were basically basketball and swimming at a pool. I was so happy. -Shimon Peres

When I read Thirteen Days I was moved by it. It was just a great time for the world, in terms of looking back in history and seeing how we got ourselves into trouble and how we got ourselves out of trouble. -Kevin Costner

Because when we think about the real facts: 44 million Americans without health insurance, millions without jobs, a 50-year high on mortgage foreclosures, an historic high the third year in a row on personal bankruptcies. -Chaka Fattah

The Iraqi Free Press, which did not exist 18 months ago because there was no such thing as the Iraqi Free Press, broke a story about the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, which could potentially turn out to be the largest scandal in history. -Chris Chocola

A political theory seeks to find from history the limits of the politically possible. -Francis Parker Yockey

As we celebrate President Reagan's remarkable career and historic legacy, we also celebrate a man of strong character, deep conviction, unforgettable charm, and wonderful wit. -Jim Ramstad

Species go extinct because there are historical contraints built into a given body or a given design. -Kevin Kelly

But when you are embodied in a location, in a physical plant, in a set of people, and in a common history, that constrains your evolution and your ability to evolve in certain directions. -Kevin Kelly

For me archaeology is not a source of illustrations for written texts, but an independent source of historical information, with no less value and importance, sometimes more importance, that the written sources. -Michael Rostovtzeff

For long, history was mainly political history, and historical narrative was confined to an account of the most important crises in political life, or to an account of wars and great generals. -Michael Rostovtzeff

Today's population of adolescents and young adults is the largest in our nation's history. -Ruben Hinojosa

No player in baseball history worked harder, suffered more, or did it better than Andre Dawson. He's the best I've ever seen. -Ryne Sandberg

Something new has happened: For the first time in German history our fatherland is guided by a plan that considers only the needs of the people, and aims at building prosperity and reconstructing of our fatherland. -Walter Ulbricht

When has there ever been a government in German history that came to the people and revealed its detailed plans for the coming years? That could not happen before, since German governments planned war and conquest. -Walter Ulbricht

You know, women have a history of just being – we've been told all our lives not to say – in the fifties you couldn't say birth or even be pregnant hardly on television – and then gradually things have changed. -Cybill Shepherd

I think the idea is now for blacks to write about the history of our music. It's time for that, because whites have been doing it all the time. It's time for us to do it ourselves and tell it like it is. -Dizzy Gillespie

There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there. -Greg Ginn

What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality? -Philip Zimbardo

I thought I had to make an impact on history. I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission. Posterity deals with us however it sees fit. But I gave it 20 years of my best shot. -Twyla Tharp

The consequence of Mr. Bush's and Blair's historic lie that the reason for invading Iraq was weapons of mass destruction, is that everything is being doubted. -Walid Jumblatt

But today, government is taking those rights from us, pretending that it gives us our rights. Indeed, those rights come from God, and it was recognized throughout our history as such. -Roy Moore

So I'm OK with myself, with history, my work, who I am and who I was. -Sidney Poitier

In writing the history of a disease, every philosophical hypothesis whatsoever, that has previously occupied the mind of the author, should lie in abeyance. -Thomas Sydenham

Matthew being a constant attendant on our Lord, his history is an account of what he saw and heard; and, being influenced by the Holy Spirit, his history is entitled to the utmost degree of credibility. -Adam Clarke

A study of the history of wages back through the years indicates clearly that when the cost-of-living rises appreciably wages have shortly been adjusted upward also. -Charles E. Wilson

I've been on the show for six years and I don't even know what her history is. I sort of make things up in my mind, but I think it's hard for an audience to follow and invest in a character when they don't have the details. -Crystal Chappell

The highest percentage of African Americans own their own homes today than ever in our nation's history. -Ed Gillespie

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology. -James Mark Baldwin

The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind. -James Mark Baldwin

In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time. -James Mark Baldwin

I don't have a strong interest in history. -Larry Niven

And historically the owners have used loyalty to a team or a city to hold players as opposed to always paying their worth. -Lynn Swann

I read everything: fiction, history, science, mathematics, biography, travel. -Martin Lewis Perl

This time all the historical details and things were right. But I'd written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away. -Arthur Golden

One thing I've learned over these last 30 or 40 years is that people make history. There's no fait accompli to any of this. -Jeremy Rifkin

I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course. -Jeremy Rifkin

Later, I made a movie with him, 'That Touch of Mink,' and we became good friends but any woman's initial meeting with Cary is right up there with the big moments of her world history. -Audrey Meadows

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. -Charles A. Beard

I went to Ohio University studying arts and history, and playing football. But I was only interested in girls, my pals and sports. I only did the minimum for school. -Ed O'Neill

But when one believes that you've been appointed by God for a particular mission in history, you have to be very careful about that, how you speak about that. Where is the self-reflection in that? Where is the humility in that? -Jim Wallis

Better than anything else in our culture, it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience – a group history – that may be tapped into at will in years to come. -John Thorn

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history, no team had ever won a championship this way. -John Thorn

Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling – baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail. -John Thorn

Well, the whole history of Star Trek is the market demand. -George Takei

But the advice was not taken – Johnstone did emigrate to Canada, and did mortgage his pension; and I fear – though I failed to trace his after history – that he suffered in consequence. -Hugh Miller

Their humble dwellings were of their own rearing; it was they themselves who had broken in their little fields; from time immemorial, far beyond the reach of history, had they possessed their mountain holdings. -Hugh Miller

And while national military forces have historically resisted the full participation of women soldiers, female talent has found plenty of scope in revolutionary and terrorist groups around the planet. -Katherine Dunn

You know that's history, that's why some people say that my stuff is retro, but I don't agree. -Marc Newson

The myth that the founding of American Republic was based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained, because the history of Leibniz's influence was suppressed. -Robert Trout

Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Capital is an historical necessity, but, so too, its grave digger, the socialist proletariat. -Rosa Luxemburg

I was with the U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on the day that Srebrenica fell, which happened to be a huge historical turning point in the Bosnian war. -Michael Ignatieff

I'd like to write a history, maybe of the Reformation. -Jane Haddam

The Internet makes it possible for people like me to live the way I do now. Without it, I'd have to be in New York or some other city. I think the Internet is the greatest invention in history after antibiotics. -Jane Haddam

In the history of the treatment of depression, there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile, hoses, attempts to shock the patient. All of these represent hatred or aggression towards what depression represents in the patient. -James Hillman

At the unveiling at the White House of the presidential portrait, President Bush pointed out that Hillary Clinton was the first sitting Senator in history to have her portrait hanging in the White House. -Eleanor Clift

If privacy ends where hypocrisy begins, Kitty Kelley's steamy expose is a contribution to contemporary history. -Eleanor Clift

The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest, most disgraceful pages in contemporary history, and everybody ought to be ashamed. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

I don't want to go down in history as a man who allowed blood to be shed. -Eduard Shevardnadze

I'm sure that was the right step, even though, formally speaking, it may seem disadvantageous for a president to resign. But, looking into what is happening today and what is going to happen in the future, I think history will show I made the right decision. -Eduard Shevardnadze

We've evolved from sitting back on our tripods and shooting wildlife films like they have been shot historically, which doesn't work for us. -Steve Irwin

It was also Hegel who established the view that the different philosophic systems that we find in history are to be comprehended in terms of development and that they are generally one-sided because they owe their origins to a reaction against what has gone before. -Walter Kaufmann

If the war has faded into history, democracy's defeat in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations. -Nguyen Cao Ky

Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will. -Dario Argento

I almost fainted. There was no family history. I had been eating a vegetarian diet and I exercised. -Rue McClanahan

Today's global justice movement may be the biggest, most diverse and energetic in history. -Todd Gitlin

We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery. -Todd Gitlin

Mills insisted that a sociologist's proper subject was the intersection of biography and history. -Todd Gitlin

Few characters in history are indispensable. -Albert Bushnell Hart

From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger there was but one man without whom English history must have taken a different turn, and that was William Pitt the elder. -Albert Bushnell Hart

Throughout history, great leaders have known the power of humor. -Allen Klein

One of the biggest things I understood in a program like that was that it allowed more young African American scholars to do field research in the Caribbean and in Africa than had ever happened before in the history of the country and since. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

But I'm a historian. I wasn't interested in just being a producer, I was interested in doing research and presenting that research to a general public. -Bernice Johnson Reagon

People just want to hear some common sense… and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government – I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee – not to mention the diplomatic international experience. -Carol Moseley Braun

The United States is historically a nation of immigrants. -Charles B. Rangel

It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema. -Conrad Hall

Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry. -Conrad Hall

Throughout history, it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another. Now, that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months. -Dee Hock

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement, a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history. -Howard Mumford Jones

Though my books are written from a historical perspective, I have goon so far back that I am in the realm of prehistorical speculation rather than simple historical fact to weave my stories around. -Jean M. Auel

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory – palaeontology and archaeology – rather than astronomy or physics. -Jean M. Auel

I could write historical fiction, or science fiction, or a mystery but since I find it fascinating to research the clues of some little know period and develop a story based on that, I will probably continue to do it. -Jean M. Auel

If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters. -Robert McChesney

It was critical to finding a way out. I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them. -Betty Buckley

I'm a smart guy, I know the history of this issue and why people care about it. -Gregg Easterbrook

Jewish persecution is a historical memory of the present generation and people fear it in the present day, and that's why those references are so much more powerful. I just understand that better now. -Gregg Easterbrook

Stereotypes involving Christian identity, Christian persecution is so far back in history now that no one fears it being revived, unless you live in China, I guess. -Gregg Easterbrook

Hale had answered when the President of the United States can't go to a city of the United States and be protected, we've come to a very difficult time in our nation's history, and encouraged him to come. -Lindy Boggs

If you think about it, the historian's task is like that of the detective. -David Herbert Donald

My early education was in the public school system of Omaha, where, retrospectively, I realize that my high school training served me in good stead for the basic subjects of mathematics, English, foreign languages and history. -Lawrence R. Klein

The Declaration of Independence is a sacred part of American history. -Paul Gillmor

According to the scientific naturalist version of cosmic history, nature is a permanently closed system of material effects that can never be influenced by something from outside – like God, for example. -Phillip E. Johnson

The problem with allowing God a role in the history of life is not that science would cease, but rather that scientists would have to acknowledge the existence of something important which is outside the boundaries of natural science. -Phillip E. Johnson

The national Democratic Party has embraced abortion on demand. I believe this position is wrong in principle and out of the mainstream of our party's historic commitment to protecting the powerless. -Robert Casey

My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history. -Martin Kippenberger

How could they call him wacko? He's sold more records than anybody in history. -Joe Jackson

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes. -Bob Woodward

Shakespeare in Love… such smart writing of an alternative view of history, and such beautiful acting. Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent. -Anita Diament

I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying. -Anita Diament

Without a Jewish state, the iron truth of history is that the Jewish people sooner or later become even more vulnerable to the next wave of anti-Semitism. -Jack Schwartz

When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas. -M. H. Abrams

I was worried about being the nut that ruined 40 years of Bond history. -Rick Yune

Mutual funds have historically offered safety and diversification. And they spare you the responsibility of picking individual stocks. -Ron Chernow

The American public historically was really not part of the stock market. -Ron Chernow

I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past. -Ron Chernow

The history of Wall Street is inseparable from New York. -Ron Chernow

The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task. -Aldrich Ames

The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents. -Bob Schaffer

Why don't they go ahead and change the name of the White House to the West House. They want to do away with the heritage of White Settlement and destroy the history of White Settlement. -Alan Price

The claim of the State Socialists, however, that this right would not be exercised in matters pertaining to the individual in the more intimate and private relations of his life is not borne out by the history of governments. -Benjamin Tucker

The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix in their natural history. -Gilbert White

Democrats believe that government should reflect the sense of community that Americans demonstrated after Katrina – the sense of community that has defined and united America throughout its history. -Patrick J. Kennedy

I've been impressed, over the last 15 years, with how often the somewhat conspiratorial comments of Haitian villagers have been proven to be correct when the historical record is probed carefully. -Paul Farmer

But, sir, they have written me down upon the history of the country as worthy of expulsion, and in no unkindness I must tell them that for all future time my self-respect requires that I shall pass them as strangers. -Preston Brooks

After voluntary exertions on the part of our people to which the history of the world furnishes no parallel, is the old root of bitterness still to remain in the ground, to sprout and bear fruit in the future as it has borne fruit in the past? -Robert Dale Owen

My face has changed with the years and has enough history in it to give audiences something to work with. -Jeanne Moreau

I'm the Latin artist who has been the most successful in history at representing the Latin culture. The stylings of my words are immodest, but it's the truth. -Julio Iglesias

What happens in the music business is that if you step out of your little spot to do something else, the sand falls right into where you stood and you're gone, you're history. -Nancy Sinatra

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz. -Steve Lacy

I still love the whole history of jazz. The old things sound better than ever. -Steve Lacy

Was the real Jesus of history one and the same as the Christ of faith whom we read about in the New Testament and worship in the church? Was Jesus really raised from the dead? Is he really the divine Lord of lords? -John Clayton

Solidarity was the movement that turned the direction of history, I think. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation's history and the world's future. -Joe Baca

For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history. -Michael Pollan

Bill and Hillary Clinton are the most investigated couple in American history – now the most thoroughly exonerated couple in American history. -Paul Begala

Well, our statute provides us with authority to conduct a very broad inquiry basically to provide an investigation of 9/11 that's thorough, complete and will withstand the scrutiny of history. -Richard Ben-Veniste

I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history. -Vivienne Westwood

I don't have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I'm left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct. -Vivienne Westwood

Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation. -C. L. R. James

Du Bois marked a great stage in the history of Negro struggles when he said that Negroes could no longer accept the subordination which Booker T. Washington had preached. -C. L. R. James

I had a national and international reputation. I had written the history and articles. So I brought to the Trotskyist movement some international reputation. -C. L. R. James

God has never, in the history of mankind, allowed his name to go long offended. -David Wilkerson

Bush does not want to go down in history as the president who lost in Iraq. His strategy to the extent he has one is to hang tough and let whoever succeeds him take the fall. -Eleanor Clift

Deconstructing the concept of race not only conflicts with people's tendency to classify and build family histories according to common descent but also ignores the work of biologists studying non-human species. -J. Philippe Rushton

The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events. -Arthur Erickson

Western history has been a history of deed done, actions performed and results achieved. -Arthur Erickson

What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority. -Arthur Erickson

Every actor in the room honored Sidney for being there so many years before. And everybody was so moved to be at a place where history was being made again. It was tangible. -Lee Grant

I'm living out a childhood fantasy. Our house is in a historic district of a small town that I used to read about in storybooks. -Patty Duke

It's very important to always put things in their historical contexts. It teaches important lessons about the country in question. -Warren Christopher

My clerkship with Justice Douglas was tremendously important. He told me, Christopher, get out into the stream of history and see what happens. I've tried to follow that advice. -Warren Christopher

Perhaps the most important lesson of the New Social Historians is that history belongs to those about whom or whose documents survive. -Bruce Jackson

A lot of them want to come and play for Manchester United. They want to play because Alex has a record of giving youth a chance and we have the history and heritage of Manchester United. -David Gill

We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes. -Ferdinand Mount

The point of that is, if you look at Walgreen's history, they've always been pioneers in the application of technology. They're the only drugstore chain that I know to have their own satellite. -James Collins

This is the most historic moment in Supreme Court history in our lifetime, no question about it. These are justices who are going to serve for decades. -Jay Alan Sekulow

The 2004 Election marks the first time in modern political history that Republican voter turnout matched Democratic turnout in a presidential election year. -Jeff Miller

I guess I've played a lot of victims, but that's what a lot of the history of women is about. -Jodie Foster

Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting. -Jodie Foster

Because the New Testament provides the primary historical source for information on the resurrection, many critics during the 19th century attacked the reliability of these biblical documents. -Josh McDowell

If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. -Josh McDowell

Now, whenever you read any historical document, you always evaluate it in light of the historical context. -Josh McDowell

True there has been more talk of peace since 1945 than, I should think, at any other time in history. At least we hear more and read more about it because man's words, for good or ill, can now so easily reach the millions. -Lester B. Pearson

I think that that multiplatform development is what's on the mind of most high-end PC developers now… this is really the first time in the industry's history that we've had console machines that can handle all that PC developers can deliver. -Mike Wilson

It made me think about a whole area of human activity that was not really a concern to me before that, because I was involved in reading Chinese history, or languages, or whatever. -Ron Silver

I pass over the toil and suffering and danger which attended the redemption and cultivation of their lands by the colonists, and turn to their civil condition and to the conduct and history of the government. -William H. Wharton

I can't change history, I don't want to change history. I can only change the future. I'm working on that. -Boris Becker

The greatest concubines in history knew that everything revealed with nothing concealed is a bore. -Geoffrey Beene

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very beginnings of my reading for pleasure, I read a lot of non-fictional history, particularly historical biography. -Norman Spinrad

Believe me, as one who has seen a number of international crises firsthand, they cannot be handled without an understanding of history. -Pierre Salinger

Whole generations have forgotten history. -Pierre Salinger

I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor. -Tom Berenger

A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests. -Aristide Briand

In this decisive hour of our national history, union means life and division means death. -Bao Dai

Better still – your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War. -Breyten Breytenbach

January 30th will be a historic day for the Middle East and the world. The Iraqi people will take the next step toward a free and democratic society as they place their votes for a transitional Iraqi government. -Dana Rohrabacher

In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings. -Edmund Husserl

Cultural anthropology is more and more rapidly getting to realize itself as a strictly historical science. -Edward Sapir

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life. -Georg Simmel

The earliest phase of social formations found in historical as well as in contemporary social structures is this: a relatively small circle firmly closed against neighboring, strange, or in some way antagonistic circles. -Georg Simmel

The metropolis reveals itself as one of those great historical formations in which opposing streams which enclose life unfold, as well as join one another with equal right. -Georg Simmel

Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic. -Hu Shih

No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India. -Hu Shih

On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger. -Hu Shih

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture. -Ibrahim Babangida

I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject. -Ibrahim Babangida

Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy. -Ibrahim Babangida

It is of course the nature of historical contraction that the shortest distance to a historical destination is never a straight line. -Ibrahim Babangida

The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy. -Ibrahim Babangida

With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history. -Ibrahim Babangida

The history of the Franks becomes, therefore, the history of the Netherlands. -John Lothrop Motley

Traditionally art is to create and not to revive. To revive: leave that to the historians, who are looking backward. -Josef Albers

Hugh Everett's work has been described by many people in terms of many worlds, the idea being that every one of the various alternative histories, branching histories, is assigned some sort of reality. -Murray Gell-Mann

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