Topics - History


Quote 4An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.
Quote 9Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Quote 42A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Quote 46Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.
Quote 80Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
Quote 124Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his ...
Quote 185Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terribl...
Quote 198Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best frie...
Quote 208Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
Quote 287Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
Quote 314A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
Quote 376A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
Quote 383Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded ...
Quote 457Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.
Quote 751History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
Quote 977Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Quote 1190Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
Quote 148990 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
Quote 1570Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
Quote 1992Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. - Napoleon Bonaparte
Quote 2192I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Quote 3363I came, I saw, I conquered. - Julius Caesar
Quote 3926History is more or less bunk. - Henry Ford
Quote 4198History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Quote 6300We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
Quote 7600To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
Quote 7641The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
Quote 7739Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.
Quote 7758History never looks like history when you are living through it.
Quote 7792What is history but a fable agreed upon? - Napoleon Bonaparte
Quote 7840Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
Quote 7853No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.
Quote 7862You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.
Quote 7920Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
Quote 7935Time is my greatest enemy. - Evita Peron
Quote 7949The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.
Quote 8034It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
Quote 8060The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
Quote 8085All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a cert...
Quote 8169We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of...
Quote 8210It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
Quote 8246The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Quote 8258The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be wi...
Quote 8326The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine t...
Quote 8442They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.
Quote 8444The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.
Quote 8517Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Quote 8566In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers sho...
Quote 8567History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
Quote 8599The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend.
Quote 8657To the extent that the judicial profession becomes the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure precedents and the narrowest groun...
Quote 8678Failure is impossible. - Susan B. Anthony
Quote 8718Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
Quote 8820The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.
Quote 8868Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
Quote 9013Generally speaking, historically in this country, the care of a child has been thought of as female business.
Quote 9048I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one...
Quote 9057There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
Quote 9071What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the ...
Quote 9090It's a very good historical book about history.
Quote 9177Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back.
Quote 9187We 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...
Quote 9203The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increase...
Quote 9258The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
Quote 9274Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic r...
Quote 9323It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
Quote 9433God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
Quote 9453In 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...
Quote 9644I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.
Quote 9714September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
Quote 9797Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
Quote 9806That great dust-heap called 'history'.
Quote 9993France 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 br...
Quote 9994The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who ha...
Quote 10022You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I'm innocent. You've got to believe I'm in...
Quote 10106I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.
Quote 10150We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not res...
Quote 10177If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
Quote 10190Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Quote 10229History is a vast early warning system. - Norman Cousins
Quote 10255Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.
Quote 10276The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in Ameri...
Quote 10346To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
Quote 10395I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, an...
Quote 10491The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.
Quote 10506Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
Quote 10524The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.
Quote 10555Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can't stop to count it.
Quote 10566We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
Quote 10634If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse...
Quote 10771Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
Quote 10817Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Quote 10833The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
Quote 10897If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the...
Quote 10992World War II was the last government program that really worked.
Quote 10993One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.
Quote 11017Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function o...
Quote 11115History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
Quote 11212The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society.
Quote 11276They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself: Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
Quote 11325I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
Quote 11464Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
Quote 11610People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
Quote 11633History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
Quote 11810Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.
Quote 11877We learned the value of research in World War II.
Quote 11939When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
Quote 12028You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
Quote 12082I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.
Quote 12139It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
Quote 12191Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining pro...
Quote 12236Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.
Quote 12275Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Quote 12347The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.
Quote 12382Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
Quote 12427The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.
Quote 12455The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
Quote 12491Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
Quote 12504History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
Quote 12519It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.
Quote 12549This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Quote 12666If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swi...
Quote 12713History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
Quote 12741They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.
Quote 12766I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go ou...
Quote 12836History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
Quote 12978History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly f...
Quote 12983People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
Quote 13264Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. - H. L. Mencken
Quote 13311The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occ...
Quote 13430Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans. It presents one of man's first attempts to order his view of the outside world.
Quote 13461Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't ...
Quote 13486History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Quote 13840History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Quote 13884Libraries are not made, they grow. - Augustine Birrell