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273 History Quotes

To give an accurate description of what never happened is the proper occupation of the historian.

Orson Wells Quotes

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Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.

Ronald Wright Quotes

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

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.

Clarence Darrow Quotes

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History is an illogical record. It hinges on nothing. It is a story that changes, and has accidents, and recovers with scars.

Gretel Ehrlich Quotes

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History is the ship carrying living memories to the future.

Stephen Spender Quotes

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Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

Henry B. Adams Quotes

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One German makes a philosopher, two a public meeting, three a war.

Robert D. Macdonald Quotes

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Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself.

William Manchester Quotes

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Because of what you have done the heavens have become a part of man's world. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquillity, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and Tranquillity to Earth.

Richard M. Nixon Quotes

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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 Quotes

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I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.

Oliver North Quotes

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Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can't stop to count it.

Evita Peron Quotes

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We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind.

Juan Antonio Samaranch Quotes

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History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.

George Santayana Quotes

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[They can] shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.

Adm James Stockdale Quotes

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To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

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History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

Arnold J. Toynbee Quotes

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

Jessamyn West Quotes

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I saw Chungking for the first time more than 40 years ago - a city of hills and mists, of grays and lavenders, two rivers shaping it to a point and the cliff rising above me like a challenge.

Theodore H. White Quotes

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

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

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Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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History is the devil's scripture.

Lord Byron Quotes

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History is a vast early warning system.

Norman Cousins Quotes

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When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.

Eugene V. Debs Quotes

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