History Quotes

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive.

Ayn Rand

On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other.

James Madison

Through the centuries, the history of peoples is but a lesson in mutual tolerance.

Emile Zola

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

History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.

W. H. Auden

I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.

Andres Cibotti

Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history.

James Dickey

Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.

Ken Burns

“History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.”

Leonard L. Levinson

History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today

Harold MacMillan

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

If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction.

Arthur Koestler

The Iliad is the private lives of people thrown into disorder by history.

Raymond Queneau

Where would we be if throughout history, our greatest minds had feared that which they could not confirm? Embrace the unknown with caution, but not with fear.

Karyn Somerfield

On the day of Pentecost Christianity faced the world, a new religion, without a history, without a priesthood, without a college, without a people, and without a patron. She had only her two sacraments and her tongue of fire. The latter was her sole instrument of aggression.

William Arthur

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

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

Salman Rushdie

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

The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.

Bertrand Russell

I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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

Michael M. Honda

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments

William Edgar Borah
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