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

Tags: Sum, Total  ✍ Author: Konrad Adenauer

It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.

Tags: Experience, Generation  ✍ Author: Renata Adler

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.

Tags: Place, Touch  ✍ Author: Theodor Adorno

In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time, but in general, unity has prevailed.

Tags: General, Time  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

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.

Tags: Love, Whole  ✍ Author: Casey Affleck

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.

Tags: Art, Love  ✍ Author: Christina Aguilera

Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats.

Tags: Country, Subject  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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.

Tags: Great, Nature  ✍ Author: Ansel Adams

Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.

Tags: Top, Tower  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

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

Tags: Courage, Pain  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Tags: Poetry, Universal  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

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.

Tags: Nature, Poetry  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.

Tags: Great, Someone  ✍ Author: Neil Armstrong

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

Tags: Small, Step  ✍ Author: Neil Armstrong

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.

Tags: High, Past  ✍ Author: Abraham Lincoln

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

Tags: Become, Thought  ✍ Author: C. S. Lewis

I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.

Tags: Culture, Rich  ✍ Author: Dalai Lama

The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

Tags: Change, Government  ✍ Author: Dalai Lama

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.

Tags: Education, Faith  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

Tags: Future, Past  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Tags: End, Help  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

Tags: Best, Power  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.

Tags: Lived, Once  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.

Tags: Few, Freedom  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.

Tags: God, Together  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy
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The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

Tags: Prejudice, Written  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

Tags: Makers  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.

Tags: Bad, Good  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

Tags: Price, War  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Tags: Dreams, Future  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

Tags: Bad, Government  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.

Tags: Government, Him  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Tags: Bad, Government  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

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

Tags: Intend, Write  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.

Tags: Lies, Study  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

History is written by the victors.

Tags: Victors, Written  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.

Tags: Past, Write  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history.

Tags: Book, Forward  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.

Tags: Culture, Debate  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.

Tags: Experience, Sad  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.

Tags: Country, Democracy  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance.

Tags: Knowledge, Science  ✍ Author: Charles Babbage

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.

Tags: Future, War  ✍ Author: Joe Baca

Given political history in Chile, it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships.

Tags: Democracy, Political  ✍ Author: Michelle Bachelet

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.

Tags: Government, Money  ✍ Author: Michele Bachmann

The Veteran's History Project, a nationwide volunteer effort to collect oral histories from America's war veterans, provides an avenue to do just that. Now in its fifth year, the Project has collected more than 40,000 individual stories.

Tags: America, War  ✍ Author: Spencer Bachus

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Tags: Casually, Time  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.

Tags: Deadly, Whole  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

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.

Tags: Art, Best  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.

Tags: Happiness, Mom  ✍ Author: Anita Baker

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.

Tags: Time, Try  ✍ Author: James Baker

A day spent praising the earth and lamenting man's pollutionist history makes you feel like a superior, sensitive soul.

Tags: Makes, Soul  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

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.

Tags: Life, Strong  ✍ Author: Robert T. Bakker

Sweetheart, I'm the biggest ripped-off cartoonist in the history of the world, and that's all I'm going to say.

Tags: Biggest, Sweetheart  ✍ Author: Ralph Bakshi

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.

Tags: Experience, Here  ✍ Author: John Baldacci

American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.

Tags: Beautiful, Said  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

Tags: Trapped  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.

Tags: Time  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.

Tags: American, Making  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.

Tags: Matter, Self  ✍ Author: James Mark Baldwin

In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time.

Tags: Great, Time  ✍ Author: James Mark Baldwin

There's probably more history now preserved underwater than in all the museums of the world combined. And there's no law governing that history. It's finders keepers.

Tags: Law, Museums  ✍ Author: Robert Ballard

Where I live in Connecticut was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers, that's a big ice cube. But then it started to melt. We're talking about the floods of our living history.

Tags: Big, Living  ✍ Author: Robert Ballard

I come back to the same thing: We've got the greatest pipeline in the company's history in the next 12 months, and we've had the most amazing financial results possible over the last five years, and we're predicting being back at double-digit revenue growth in fiscal year '06.

Tags: Amazing, Greatest  ✍ Author: Steve Ballmer

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Tags: Art, Religion  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.

Tags: Art, Religion  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research.

Tags: Done, Science  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.

Tags: Allegiance, Major  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

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.

Tags: Heart, Memorable  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher

The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.

Tags: Powerful, Shows  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

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

Tags: False, Soldiers  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

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

Tags: Events, Past  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

Tags: Forever, Glory  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

What is history but a fable agreed upon?

Tags: Agreed, Fable  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

Tags: Philosophy, Virtue  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

History is a set of lies agreed upon.

Tags: Agreed, Lies  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.

Tags: Game, Past  ✍ Author: Warren Buffett

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.

Tags: Destined, Repeat  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke

I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.

Tags: Feeling, Natural  ✍ Author: John Burroughs

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

Tags: God, Past  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

The history of art is the history of revivals.

Tags: Art  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.

Tags: Death, Opinion  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

I came, I saw, I conquered.

Tags: Conquered  ✍ Author: Irving Caesar

In 1952, Muddy cut the song 'Rollin' Stone.' It was a nationwide success, and the song echoes down through rock n' roll history. Bob Dylan cut a tribute by the same name, an English band decided to call themselves the Rolling Stones, and the magazine that first embraced music as a serious cultural phenomenon was itself called 'Rolling Stone.'

Tags: Music, Success  ✍ Author: James Cagney

It was Muddy Waters who took the Delta blues north to Chicago, electrified the sound, and changed the course of popular music as we know it. That's pretty much the judgment of history, and it is mine as well.

Tags: Music, Pretty  ✍ Author: James Cagney

The Democrats co-opted the credit for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But if you go back and look at the history, a larger percentage of Republicans voted for that than did Democrats. But a Democrat president signed it, so they co-opted credit for having passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Tags: Rights, Voting  ✍ Author: Herman Cain

We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government.

Tags: Government, Legal  ✍ Author: Ken Calvert

The biggest danger to the European Union comes not from those who advocate change, but from those who denounce new thinking as heresy. In its long history Europe has experience of heretics who turned out to have a point.

Tags: Change, Experience  ✍ Author: David Cameron

After the Berlin Wall came down I visited that city and I will never forget it. The abandoned checkpoints. The sense of excitement about the future. The knowledge that a great continent was coming together. Healing those wounds of our history is the central story of the European Union.

Tags: Future, Great  ✍ Author: David Cameron

From Caesar's legions to the Napoleonic wars. From the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the industrial revolution to the defeat of nazism. We have helped to write European history, and Europe has helped write ours.

Tags: Revolution, Write  ✍ Author: David Cameron

I'm always going to get more of a charge playing Chicago than I will Duluth or some place like that. Just because of the history and the people there are way more knowledgeable than a lot of other cities. It's an amazing music scene with some great bands and great musicians.

Tags: Great, Music  ✍ Author: Matt Cameron

History does not always repeat itself.

Tags: Repeat  ✍ Author: John W. Campbell

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.

Tags: Happy, Misery  ✍ Author: Albert Camus

To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.

Tags: Between, Sun  ✍ Author: Albert Camus

One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.

Tags: Courage, Rights  ✍ Author: Jack Canfield

I mean, look, Nancy Pelosi said in the very beginning this is going to be the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. And what we're seeing is she's breaking that promise every day.

Tags: Mean, Said  ✍ Author: Eric Cantor

In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now.

Tags: Study, Time  ✍ Author: Orson Scott Card

The truth is the Republican leadership has created a credit card Congress that is recklessly selling out the future of America, our children and our grandchildren, and President Bush is the most fiscally irresponsible President in the history of America.

Tags: Leadership, Truth  ✍ Author: Dennis Cardoza

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

Tags: Great, Men  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.

Tags: Done, Great  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

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