89 Best Quotes about History

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Moammar Gaddafi, who has called himself the 'Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,' should go down in history with the Emperor Bokassa and Idi Amin as a grotesque reminder of why people have the right to change their government. - Elliott Abrams, Lawyer

There’s no denying that a collapse in stock prices today would pose serious macroeconomic challenges for the United States. Consumer spending would slow, and the U.S. economy would become less of a magnet for foreign investors. Economic growth, which in any case has recently been at unsustainable levels, would decline somewhat. History proves, however, that a smart central bank can protect the economy and the financial sector from the nastier side effects of a stock market collapse - Ben Bernanke, Public Servant

Banks Quotes, Challenge Quotes, Economy Quotes, Stock Market Quotes, Stock Quotes

Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point. - Mahatma Gandhi

Men Quotes

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. - Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman

Heart Quotes


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, Politician

Money Quotes

When states like Alabama and Arizona passed some of the harshest immigration laws in history, my Attorney General took them on in court and we won. - Barack Obama, American President

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

Virtue Quotes, Philosophy Quotes

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, Actor

Love Quotes

History is a relay of revolutions. - Saul Alinsky , Activist

Revolution Quotes

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power. - Robert Frost, Poet

Power Quotes

The people who write official histories for the Army believe that a generation needs to pass before you can tackle the official history. It's useful to have some distance. Sources become available. Passions cool. It allows an opportunity to make some real assessments and judgments about personalities and characters. - Rick Atkinson, Author

Opportunity Quotes, Character Quotes, Passion Quotes, Judgment Quotes

You can only get really unpopular decisions through if the electorate is convinced of the value of the environment. That's what natural history programmes should be for. - David Attenborough, Journalist

Decision Quotes

Don't stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want - freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind. - James Altucher, Author

Freedom Quotes, Help Quotes, Time Quotes, Worry Quotes, Ability Quotes, Creativity Quotes, Imagination Quotes

The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history. - Todd Akin , Politician

As Africans Americans we often think about the tragic stories associated with our lineage, but there are a lot of triumphs. Traveling helps you learn about other aspects of our history, like the story of Christ the Redeemer. It's empowering and inspiring. - Laz Alonso, Actor

American Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Travel Quotes, Power Quotes

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 , Director

Great Quotes

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. - David Brinkley, Journalist

Power Quotes

I woke up one day and thought: 'I want to write a book about the history of my body.' I could justify talking about my mother because it was in her body that my body began. - Paul Auster, Author

Thought Quotes

The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years. - George Matthew Adams, Editor

Love Quotes, Birth Quotes, Healing Quotes, Heart Quotes

Until the company believes in itself, AOL didn't have its own space and identity in the marketplace. The opportunity is to get out from under the negative history and figure out the value AOL offers for consumers and for publishers and advertisers. - Tim Armstrong , Businessman

Company Quotes, Opportunity Quotes, Identity Quotes

The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. Number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at all-time low. - Bill Gates, American Businessman

Time Quotes, Poverty Quotes

History was always the subject that I loved the most, and I felt it gave me the deepest sense of our humanity and who we are and where we're going. - Julia Bacha, Director

Love Quotes, Humanity Quotes

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. - Ayn Rand, Russian Writer

Today is reality. Yesterday is history. - Prince Andrew, Royalty

Reality Quotes

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 , Playwright

Life Quotes, Wonder Quotes

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, Author

Love Quotes, Habit Quotes

Who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. - Azzedine Alaia , Tunisian Designer

The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster. - Bill Gates, American Businessman

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 , Director

Great Quotes, Exercise Quotes, Purpose Quotes, Wonder Quotes

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 , Author

Technology Quotes, Opinion Quotes, Power Quotes, War Quotes

The study of history empowers nations and individuals with an ability to avoid errors of the past and lay foundations for victories in the future. - Aberjhani, American Historian

Ability Quotes, Future Quotes, Power Quotes

History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it. - Theodor Adorno, Philosopher

Language Quotes

Every law, every constitution, every regulative decision is based upon what people are discussing in their community. It's based upon our sum knowledge of history and the present. - Julian Assange, Activist

Decision Quotes, Knowledge Quotes, Community Quotes, Law Quotes

The cosmical importance of this conclusion is profound and the possibilities it opens for the future very remarkable, greater in fact than any suggested before by science in the whole history of the human race. - Francis William Aston, Scientist

Great Quotes, Future Quotes, Science Quotes

When I was 17, I came to the U.S. to study Middle Eastern history and politics at Columbia University. - Julia Bacha, Director

Politics Quotes

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

Prejudice Quotes

Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

Knowledge Quotes

I got a call to come in and meet Fox, and the rest is history. - Paula Abdul, Musician

Christians should be ready for a change because Jesus was the greatest changer in history. - Ralph Abernathy, Activist

Change Quotes, Great Quotes

No, my degree was history, not the practice of art! I can't draw to save my life you know. - Emma Anderson, Musician

Life Quotes, Practice Quotes

History will treat me right. - Ralph Abernathy, Activist

My favorite book is 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson. - Steve Aoki , Musician

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. - Dalai Lama, Leader

Change Quotes

I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is. - Maya Angelou, Poet

Time Quotes

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. - Albert Camus, French Philosopher

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, Author

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 C. Anderson, Businessman

Company Quotes, Time Quotes

In the history of Wikileaks, nobody has claimed that the material being put out is not authentic. - Julian Assange, Activist

Aim Quotes, Material Quotes

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

American Quotes

I went to jail 44 times. I've been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom... Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that? - Ralph Abernathy, Activist

Freedom Quotes, Time Quotes

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. - Charlie Chaplin, Actor

Love Quotes, God Quotes, Time Quotes

4 Top quotes about History by 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. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

History is written by the victors. - Winston Churchill, Statesman

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

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

6 Famous quotes about History by Waris Ahluwalia

I love anything to do with history. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

Love Quotes

My inspiration is love and history. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

Love Quotes, Inspirational Quotes

My inspiration is always love and history, and my passion to a fault is craftsmanship and responsibility. Those are the simplest things. It goes beyond jewelry. It's every part of my life. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Inspirational Quotes, Responsibility Quotes, Passion Quotes

I work with gold that holds history, diamonds that see the future, and rubies that long for love. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

Love Quotes, Work Quotes, Future Quotes

I'm driven by history and our past. That's why I work in gold. It's in your veins. We've been lusting after gold since the beginning of time. God, glory, and gold. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

God Quotes, Time Quotes, Work Quotes, Beginning Quotes

I think the reason for my fascination with craft is what it represents, what it means in our culture, what it means in our history and in humanity. It was the idea that you could go to your butcher to get something, you could go to your tailor to get this, and you could go to your cobbler to get that. - Waris Ahluwalia , Designer

Humanity Quotes

4 Popular quotes about History by Stephen Ambrose

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, Historian

Winning Quotes, Revolution Quotes, War Quotes

History is everything that has ever happened. - Stephen Ambrose, Historian

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school. - Stephen Ambrose, Historian

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life. - Stephen Ambrose, Historian

Life Quotes

6 Amazing quotes about History by Richard Dawkins

We have to find our own purposes in life, which are not derived directly from our scientific history. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

Life Quotes, Purpose Quotes

I'm not one of those who wants to purge our society of our Christian history. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

I was brought up in a family which valued natural history. Both my parents knew the names of all the British wildflowers, so as we went walking the country, I was constantly being exposed to a natural history sort of knowledge. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

Knowledge Quotes, Parents Quotes

You can't understand European history at all other than through religion, or English literature either if you can't recognise biblical allusions. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

Literature Quotes, Religion Quotes

The history of science has been one long series of violent brainstorms, as successive generations have come to terms with increasing levels of queerness in the universe. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

Success Quotes, Science Quotes

But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience. - Richard Dawkins, Scientist

Appreciation Quotes, Experience Quotes, Wonder Quotes, Ideas Quotes, Science Quotes, Thinking Quotes

6 Awesome quotes about History by Peter Ackroyd

It sometimes seems to me that the whole course of English history was one of accident, confusion, chance and unintended consequences - there's no real pattern. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Confusion Quotes

It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Great Quotes, Character Quotes, Imagination Quotes, Vision Quotes

I wanted to be a poet when I was 20; I had no interest in fiction or biography and precious little interest in history, but those three elements in my life have become the most important. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Life Quotes, Important Quotes

The 16th-century theatre witnessed the particularly English manifestation of 'the history play.' There can be no doubt that Shakespeare's presentations of 'Henry V' and 'Richard III' have been incalculably more influential than any more sober historical study. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Rich Quotes, Doubt Quotes

'London' is a gallery of sensation of impressions. It is a history of London in a thematic rather than a chronological sense with chapters of the history of smells, the history of silence, and the history of light. I have described the book as a labyrinth, and in that sense in complements my description of London itself. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Silence Quotes, Logic Quotes

I can remember picking up weighty tomes on the history of science and the history of philosophy and reading those when I was small. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Philosophy Quotes, Science Quotes

13 Best quotes about History by Noam Chomsky

The 1950s and 1960s had been a period of enormous growth, the highest in American history, maybe in economic history. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes

For a privileged minority, Western democracy provides the leisure, the facilities, and the training to seek the truth lying hidden behind the veil of distortion and misrepresentation, ideology and class interest, through which the events of current history are presented to us. - Noam Chomsky

Truth Quotes, Democracy Quotes, Lying Quotes

Some may remember, if you have good memories, that there used to be a concept in Anglo-American law called a presumption of innocence, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now that's so deep in history that there's no point even bringing it up, but it did once exist. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes, Memories Quotes, Guilt Quotes, Law Quotes

I stated that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are 'among the most unspeakable crimes in history.' I took no position on just where they stand on the scale of horrors relative to Auschwitz, the bombing of Chungking, Lidice, and so on. - Noam Chomsky

The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history. - Noam Chomsky

The Vietnamese see their history as an unending series of struggles of resistance to aggression, by the Chinese, the Mongols, the Japanese, the French, and now the Americans. - Noam Chomsky

American Quotes

If you look back at the history of the twentieth century, Germany alone had practically destroyed Russia several times. - Noam Chomsky

Time Quotes

By curious accident of history and geography, the world's major energy resources are located pretty much in Shiite regions. They're a minority in the Middle East, but they happen to be where the oil is, right around the northern part of the Gulf. - Noam Chomsky

Energy Quotes

History shows that, more often than not, loss of sovereignty leads to liberalisation imposed in the interests of the powerful. - Noam Chomsky

Power Quotes

The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival. - Noam Chomsky

Material Quotes

The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful. - Noam Chomsky

Logic Quotes, Nature Quotes, Power Quotes

Britain kept its position as the dominant world power well into the 20th century despite steady decline. By the end of World War II, dominance had shifted decisively into the hands of the upstart across the sea, the United States, by far the most powerful and wealthy society in world history. - Noam Chomsky

Wealth Quotes, Power Quotes, War Quotes

The Iraq War was the first conflict in western history in which an imperialist war was massively protested against before it had even been launched. - Noam Chomsky

Conflict Quotes, War Quotes