History

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

History is written by the victors. Winston Churchill

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

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

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. Winston Churchill

The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. Woodrow Wilson

The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson

No matter who you are or what you look like, how you started off, or how and who you love, America is a place where you can write your own destiny. Barack Obama

The long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all and not just some. Barack Obama

Nowhere is it ordained that history moves in a straight line. Barack Obama

As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always a smooth path. Barack Obama

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D. Eisenhower

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice! Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us. George W. Bush

History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy. George W. Bush

Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history – revisionist historians is what I like to call them. George W. Bush

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. George Washington

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. Harry S. Truman

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S. Truman

Study men, not historians. Harry S. Truman

Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. Harry S. Truman

The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. Richard M. Nixon

Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy. Margaret Thatcher

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 F. Kennedy

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. Ronald Reagan

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

More people are reading poetry now than at any time in the history of the human race. Andrew Motion

There are so many times and places in history in our world that I just don’t know anything about, and when I learn about them they’re always fascinating. Andrew Stanton

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 on your own terms. Angela Carter

I love history. I love art. I like to mix it all together, but in the end, it somehow has to all make sense. Anna Sui

Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers. Carlos Fuentes

A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books. Henry Ward Beecher

I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction. Martin Scorsese

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. Norman Cousins

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. Rudyard Kipling

If you don’t know history, it is as if you were born yesterday. Howard Zinn

I go into my library and all history unrolls before me. Alexander Smith

To understand a science, it is necessary to know its history. Auguste Comte

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. Barbara Tuchman

Unlike any other time in our history, we have to know that staying in school and getting an education is the most important thing you can do. Alexis Herman

The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. Max Lerner

Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories. Zadie Smith

History is a vast early warning system. Norman Cousins

History is Philosophy teaching by examples. Thucydides

We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past. Douglas Hurd

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. Henry James

I’ve been completely fascinated with history because it tells everything about what’s going to happen next because it’s cyclical, everything repeats in general. Emilie Autumn

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle. Eric Hoffer

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

History is a race between education and catastrophe. H. G. Wells

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice. Mark Twain

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. Baruch Spinoza 

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

No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read. David McCullough

Human history is not the product of the wise direction of human reason, but is shaped by the forces of emotion — our dreams, our pride, our greed, our fears, and our desire for revenge. Lin Yutang

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

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing. Susan Sontag

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands. Thurgood Marshall

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past. Victor Hugo

History should be written as philosophy. Voltaire

The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present. Ernest Dimnet

Memoirs are the backstairs of history. George Meredith

Universal history is the history of a few metaphors. Jorge Luis Borges

Each one writes history according to his convenience. Jose Rizal

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it. Karl Marx

It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving – as if it were an individual person – its own ends.

History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends. Karl Marx