Quotations on History

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My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: History, Love, Habit, Research, Support, Writing)

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)

I got a call to come in and meet Fox, and the rest is history.
- Paula Abdul
(Keywords: History, Rest)

Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: History, People, Idea)

You can't walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
- Peter Abrahams
(Keywords: History, People, Values, Culture, Illusion, Man)

I did this within a philosophical framework, and a moral and legal framework. And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest villain in the history of lobbying.
- Jack Abramoff
(Keywords: History, Legal)

When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
- M. H. Abrams
(Keywords: History, Ideas, Leading, Spirits)

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.
- Dean Acheson
(Keywords: History, Thought, People, Enemies, Freedom)

History provides neither compensation for suffering nor penalties for wrong.
- John Acton
(Keywords: History, Suffering, Wrong)

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: History, Soul, Burden, Memory)

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: History, Men, Power, Control)

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)

We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations.
- Franklin P. Adams
(Keywords: History, Peace, Aggression, Nations, Nothing)

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)

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.
- Theodor Adorno
(Keywords: History, Language)

In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time, but in general, unity has prevailed.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: History, Time, Unity)

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)

Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Keywords: History, Country)

The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history.
- Todd Akin
(Keywords: History, People, Self)

We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
(Keywords: History, Americans, Night, Poison, Soldiers, Will)

The institution of chivalry forms one of the most remarkable features in the history of the Middle Ages.
- Horatio Alger
(Keywords: History, Chivalry, Remarkable)

We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion.
- Fred Allen
(Keywords: History, Time, Age, Comedy, First, Jokes, Living, Machine)

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed.
- George Allen
(Keywords: History, Action, Failure, Apology, Senate, states, Today, United, Victims)

You know, I think when I reflect on it, I think there's certainly a sense of history. When you have ambitions to play this game, you want to be one of the best ever, and you want to play so well and be so effective that you want people to remember your name 100 years from now.
- Marcus Allen
(Keywords: History, People, Name, Now, Play, Sense, Want, Years)

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)

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Keywords: History, Victory, Conflict, Economics, Ethics, Force)

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: History, Hate, School)

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)

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: History, Life, Present)

They killed my character off and as God would have it, just when they told me I would never work again, I got cast in a little program called Roots, and as they would say, the rest is history.
- John Amos
(Keywords: History, Work, God, Character, Rest)

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)

I was a daydreamer, and there is a lot of history and geography and science I missed out on because I was in my head. And I regret that.
- Gillian Anderson
(Keywords: History, Science, Geography, Regret)

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: History, Courage, Pain)

More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
- Kofi Annan
(Keywords: History, Destiny, Friends, Nations, United)

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: History, Life, Books, Talk)

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history?
- Katharine Anthony
(Keywords: History, Romance, Truth, Lovers, Satisfaction)

Your great country is wonderful at stealing pieces of history and using it for its own purposes, so there didn't seem to be anything particularly unusual about it but the English were incredibly exercised about it.
- Michael Apted
(Keywords: History, Country, English)

It was one of those great miracles of history that they managed to smuggle an Enigma machines out to Britain just before they were invaded by the Nazis.
- Michael Apted
(Keywords: History, Machines, Miracles)

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: History, Politics, Beginning, Cause, Existence, Fact, Freedom, Tyranny)

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.
- Hannah Arendt
(Keywords: History, Nature, Act, Appearance, Mankind, Past)

Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.
- Dario Argento
(Keywords: History, Work, Thought, Audiences, Film, Will)

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: History, Poetry)

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: History, Nature, Poetry)

Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: History, Technology, War, Blood, Information, Media, Military, Opinion, World)

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

We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: History, War, Civilization)



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