Quotations on History

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When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: Computers, History, Books, Past, Reading, Writing)

The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Politics, Power, Science, Experience, History, Knowledge, Action, Future, Gold, Past)

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Art, Experience, Nature, History, Science, Man, Moods, Spirit, World)

I have written too much history to have faith in it; and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.
- Henry Adams
(Keywords: Faith, History, Wrong)

It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.
- Renata Adler
(Keywords: Experience, History, Self)

The first movie was mostly about George and Julia. This one is mostly about me and Catherine and our love story and our whole history. So it's a very different movie.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Love, History, First)

I love doing normal things - movies, shopping, going out with friends, writing, reading, taking hot bubble baths - that's a big one for relaxation. I also love to go to art and history museums.
- Christina Aguilera
(Keywords: Art, History, Love, Movies, Friends, Museums, Reading, Relaxation, Writing)

Through history, people look for something spiritual. The greatest scientists in the world were men of religion and faith, too.
- Kirstie Alley
(Keywords: Men, Religion, Faith, History, People, Scientists, Spiritual, World)

Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: War, History, Progress, Winning, World, World war)

No, my degree was history, not the practice of art! I can't draw to save my life you know.
- Emma Anderson
(Keywords: Life, History, Practice)

For the first time in history, a private company is organizing a mission to the moon. This mission will inspire countries of the world, citizens, our youth.
- Eric Anderson
(Keywords: Time, History, Company, Countries, First, Mission, Moon, Will, World, Youth)

You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.
- Arthur Ashe
(Keywords: Equality, History, Life)

I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.
- David Attenborough
(Keywords: Travel, History, Animals, Order)

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that "faith" is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Faith, History, God, May, Race)

Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Experience, History, Democracy, Nothing)

After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have. But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.
- Michele Bachmann
(Keywords: Government, History, Money, Country, Debt, Washington)

The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
- Walter Bagehot
(Keywords: Art, History, Causes, Light, Rest, Shadow)

This is what happens, when, for the first time in modern history, a candidate resorts to lawsuits to try to overturn the outcome of an election for president.
- James Baker
(Keywords: Time, History, First, President)

The impact of the magazine was very strong. As I said, it portrayed dinosaurs as part of the geological history, part of the story of life on earth. It struck that paleontology was the career for me.
- Robert T. Bakker
(Keywords: Life, History, Career, Earth)

All I know is that history repeats itself and people are going to want to experience the world. But I know then they are going to have a better appreciation for what is here in Maine.
- John Baldacci
(Keywords: Experience, History, People, Appreciation, Want, World)

Prior to an individual's encounter with the love of God at a particular time in history, however, there has to be another, more fundamental and archetypal encounter, which belongs to the conditions of possibility of the appearance of divine love to man.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Keywords: Love, Time, History, God, Possibility, Appearance, Man)

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Art, History, Religion, Romance, Humanity, Passion)

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Art, History, Religion, Humanity, Passion)

For the last 4 years, our Federal Government has produced the four biggest deficits in history, and the estimated 2006 deficit of $423 billion is projected to be the largest of all.
- Melissa Bean
(Keywords: Government, History, Years)

I can't change history, I don't want to change history. I can only change the future. I'm working on that.
- Boris Becker
(Keywords: Change, History, Future, Want)

Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age.
- Michael Behe
(Keywords: Age, History, Key, Understanding)

I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today.
- Tony Bennett
(Keywords: Business, History, Holiday, Today)

Hale had answered when the President of the United States can't go to a city of the United States and be protected, we've come to a very difficult time in our nation's history, and encouraged him to come.
- Lindy Boggs
(Keywords: Time, History, Nation, President, states, United)

People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience.
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Keywords: Experience, Finance, Government, History, People, Committee, Common sense, First, Senate, State, Want, Woman)

It is the recognition of history as a record of human experience which has inevitably resulted in the inclusion of this conquest of civilization within the framework of a complete human history.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Experience, History, Civilization, Conquest)

For the first time in history, we declared war without financing it. Americans have not been asked to pay for it through taxes.
- David Broder
(Keywords: Time, War, History, Americans, First, Taxes)

We decry violence all the time in this country, but look at our history. We were born in a violent revolution, and we've been in wars ever since. We're not a pacific people.
- James Lee Burke
(Keywords: Time, History, People, Country, Revolution, Violence)

The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Death, History, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Weakness, World)

In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Time, History, Now, Study)

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Experience, History, Reading, World)

The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
- Jimmy Carter
(Keywords: Health, History, Control, Awareness, Destiny, First, Habits)

The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke; it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Age, History, Life, Circumstance, Memory, Months, Will, Years)

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Keywords: Faith, History, People, Heart, Skepticism, World)

The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history's worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe.
- Linda Chavez
(Keywords: War, History, Beginning, Europe, Genocide, Nations, United, World, World war)

I set my sights upon becoming the kind of artist who would make a contribution to art history.
- Judy Chicago
(Keywords: Art, History, Artist)

I am trying to make art that relates to the deepest and most mythic concerns of human kind and I believe that, at this moment of history, feminism is humanism.
- Judy Chicago
(Keywords: Art, History, Feminism, Humanism, Trying)

I saw no African people in the printed and illustrated Sunday school lessons. I began to suspect at this early age that someone had distorted the image of my people. My long search for the true history of African people the world over began.
- John Henrik Clarke
(Keywords: Age, History, People, African, School, World)

Was the real Jesus of history one and the same as the Christ of faith whom we read about in the New Testament and worship in the church? Was Jesus really raised from the dead? Is he really the divine Lord of lords?
- John Clayton
(Keywords: Faith, History, Church, Christ, New testament, Worship)

As I speak to you today, government censors somewhere are working furiously to erase my words from the records of history. But history itself has already condemned these tactics.
- Hillary Clinton
(Keywords: Government, History, Today, Words)

The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we'd have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Government, History, Cause, Common sense, Problems)

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.
- Chuck Close
(Keywords: Art, History, Nothing, Painting, Sound, Will)

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.
- John Coleman
(Keywords: Environmental, History, Global warming, Illusion, Motives, Scientists)

History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Art, History, Song, World)

As Members of Congress and people of conscience, we must work to overcome the indifference and distortions of history, and ensure that future generations know what happened.
- Jerry Costello
(Keywords: Work, History, People, Congress, Conscience, Future, Generations, Indifference)

It's very strange that most people don't care if their knowledge of their family history only goes back three generations.
- Doug Coupland
(Keywords: Family, History, People, Knowledge, Care, Generations)



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