Nixon had three goals: to win by the biggest electoral landslide in history; to be remembered as a peacemaker; and to be accepted by the 'Establishment' as an equal. He achieved all these objectives at the end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973. And he lost them all two months later-partly because he turned a dream into an obsession
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him
Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes
There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.
History, in general, only informs us what bad government is
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies
For it is a land of illusion, a place in the mind, a shimmering mirage of riches and mystery and death. These illusions have distorted its landscape and contorted its history
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back
The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it.
This was a great year for preventive worrying. Seldom in recent history have so many people worried about so many things that didn't happen in the end.
History will judge the invasion of Iraq one of the greatest foreign policy misadventures of all time.
No country in history ever sent mothers of toddlers off to fight enemy soldiers until the United States did this in the Iraq war.
Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
The self-styled intellectual who is impotent with pen and ink hungers to write history with sword and blood.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.