History Quotes

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.-Desmond Tutu



Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.-Confucius



Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.-George Santayana



History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.-John Dalberg-Acton



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



History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. – Alexis de Tocqueville




There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.-William Halsey



If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.’-Lyndon B. Johnson



People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.-James Baldwin


We are not makers of history. We are made by history.-Martin Luther King, Jr.




That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.-Aldous Huxley


History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.-George Santayana


The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.-Woodrow Wilson


Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.-Christopher Columbus




History is a vast early warning system.-Norman Cousins



I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. – Thomas Jefferson



History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.-Konrad Adenauer


The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.-Jacques Chirac



History is a set of lies agreed upon.-Napoleon Bonaparte


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.-Maya Angelou


The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.-Peter L. Berger



Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.-Nelson Mandela



I came, I saw, I conquered.-Julius Caesar


Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.-James K. Polk


Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.-Robert Kennedy



Time is my greatest enemy. – Evita Peron


Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.-Henry Adams



Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation’s history and the world’s future.-Joe Baca


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.-Wendell Berry



The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.-Franklin D. Roosevelt


I did not come to NASA to make history.-Sally Ride


You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I’m innocent. You’ve got to believe I’m innocent. If you don’t, take my job.-Richard M. Nixon


A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.-Mahatma Gandhi



Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.-John Adams


History never looks like history when you are living through it.-John W. Gardner



History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. – Edward Gibbon



History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.-Ambrose Bierce


With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.-Abraham Lincoln



I think the Lewis and Clark Expedition was the greatest undertaking in American History. I think landing a man on the moon pales next to it.-Kathryn Lasky


History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.-Winston Churchill



The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.-Jessamyn West



History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.-Ted Koppel



Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.-Edward R. Murrow



A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.-Grover Cleveland



History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.-Martin Luther King, Jr.



The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. – A. Whitney Brown



Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.-Louis D. Brandeis



It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.-Henry James


History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.-Percy Bysshe Shelley



In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.-Richard M. Nixon




I do not think it is an exaggeration to say history is largely a history of inflation, usually inflations engineered by governments for the gain of governments.-Friedrich August von Hayek



The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.-Irving R. Kaufman



History develops, art stands still.-E. M. Forster



Get up tomorrow early in the morning, and earlier than you did today, and do the best that you can. Always stay near me, for tomorrow I will have much to do and more than I ever had, and tomorrow blood will leave my body above the breast.-Joan of Arc


So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.-Milton Friedman


Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. – H. G. Wells


God cannot alter the past, though historians can.-Samuel Butler


Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.-George Washington



In the Confederate Army, an officer was judged by stark courage alone, and this made it possible for the Confederacy to live four years.-Chesty Puller


The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.-Abraham Lincoln


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