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.
History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.
History is the self-consciousness of humanity.
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice-their choice
It would be almost unbelievable, if history did not record the tragic fact that men have gone to war and cut each other's throats because they could not agree as to what was to become of them after their throats were cut
History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.
You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.
Knowing yourself is not so much about introspection and interaction. To know yourself is to realize that you are more than the little self that has been given to you by your history — the pattern that others made — that your true self is, in truth, much larger and includes other people, other cultures, other species even. That life is less about being and more about interbeing. We come to know ourselves, then, through coming to know each other. And the deeper that knowledge, the richer and more creative t
he world we build together
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments
What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it
If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism.
This year will go down in history for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance.
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.
I define sustainable history as a durable progressive trajectory in which the quality of life on this planet or other planets is premised on the guarantee of human dignity for all at all times and under all circumstances.
Many of the great achievements in history that are commonly attributed to one geo-cultural domain often owe a great debt to those of others. In this sense, some of the greatest achievements of human civilisation have been collective efforts and are part of the same human story.
The history of human civilisation is a history of mutual borrowings.
Our treatment of Indians . . . still affects the national consciousness... It seems a basic requirement to study the history of Indian people. Only through this study can we as a nation do what must be done if our treatment of the American Indian is not to be marked down for all time as a national disgrace.
In an era when solar power was first being used, the course of history could have taken a much more ecological turn, had people realized the implications of global warming.