History Quotes

History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions.

Voltaire

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

David C. McCullough

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

Benjamin Disraeli

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

John Hersey

At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. ... I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. ... As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court

Byron R. White

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.

Babatunde Olatunji

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

Edward R. Murrow

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

Edward R. Murrow

It appears to me that in Ethics, as in all other philosophical studies, the difficulties and disagreements, of which history is full, are mainly due to a very simple cause: namely to the attempt to answer questions, without first discovering precisel

George Moore

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

Human history begins with man's act of disobedience which is at the very same time the beginning of his freedom and development of his reason.

Erich Fromm

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain

John Adams

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.

Winston Churchill

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

J. William Fulbright

The history of the world is the world's court of justice.

Friedrich Von Schiller

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

William Hazlitt

Journalism is the first rough draft of history.

Unknown

The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.

Aldous Huxley

For the first time in history, sex is more dangerous than the cigarette afterward.

Jay Leno

The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them. Whether chance of birth or circumstance decides life’s big winners and losers, or whether we build a community where, at the very least, everyone has a chance to work hard, get ahead, and reach their dreams.

Barack Obama

Through the sands of time . . the written word has changed the course of history, inspired many to fight for their beliefs and most importantly . . . elevated mankind to a higher understanding of mans inhumanity to mankind.

David Lawrence Dewey

The greatest man in history was the poorest

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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