History Quotes

Las Vegas history, the real Las Vegas history, makes fops and fools of even the most sincere explorers. The city's story is riddled with blind alleys, dead ends, crazy twists, and outright fabrication.

JOHN L. SMITH

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.

Joseph Addison

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.

Stephen W. Hawking

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

Marcus Garvey

There is not to be found, in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves.

David Hume

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Napoléon Bonaparte

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
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