46 Quotes About History

Quotes About History

1. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

2. The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. – Abraham Lincoln

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

4. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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

7. History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. – Winston Churchill

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

9. If 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 and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Desmond Tutu

10. To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan you should wear it inside, where it functions best. – Margaret Thatcher

11. History 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. – John F. Kennedy

12. If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. – John F. Kennedy

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

14. Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. – Margaret Thatcher

15. Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. – George Washington

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

17. 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

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

19. The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. – William James

20. I came, I saw, I conquered. – Julius Caesar

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

22. Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. – Edmund Burke

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

24. A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. – George S. Patton

25. Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. – George S. Patton

26. History is more or less bunk. – Henry Ford

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

28. 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

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

30. Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. – John Quincy Adams

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

32. Historian: an unsuccessful novelist. – H. L. Mencken

33. If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.’ – Lyndon B. Johnson

34. Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age. – H. L. Mencken

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

36. What is history but a fable agreed upon? – Napoleon Bonaparte

37. Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. – Napoleon Bonaparte

38. The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s. – Harry S. Truman

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

40. The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny. – Colin Powell

41. Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds. – Benjamin Disraeli

42. Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it. – Lyndon B. Johnson

43. 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

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

45. We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. – Edward R. Murrow

46. 90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world. – Colin Powell

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