History Quotes

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

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.

Anatole Broyard

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

Ayn Rand

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.

John F. Kennedy

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

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

In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women. Not one in 5000 years of recorded human history. That's an astounding fact and it isn't until the last 12 years or so that we have seen for the first time in recorded human history marriage defined as anything other than between men and between women.

Michele Bachmann

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
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