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273 History Quotes

More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations.

John Barth Quotes

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I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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History is past politics; and politics present history.

John Seeley Quotes

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History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.

Voltaire Quotes

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I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.

Cato The Elder Quotes

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It often happens that those of whom we speak least on earth are best known in heaven.

Nicolas Caussin Quotes

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While we read history we make history.

George William Curtis Quotes

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Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.

E. M. Cioran Quotes

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Nostalgia is a seductive liar.

George W. Ball Quotes

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As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody's good old days.

Gerald Barzan Quotes

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Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!

Edwin C. Bliss Quotes

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It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.

Brian Friel Quotes

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Look to the past for guidance into the future.

Robert Jacob Goodkin Quotes

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The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Leslie P. Hartley Quotes

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The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

Billy Joel Quotes

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Even the Germans did not succeed in doing the damage you propose to do.

Edward Finlason Quotes

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Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.

John Hersey Quotes

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I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.

Elizabeth II Quotes

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There are people who read too much: bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

Richard M. Nixon Quotes

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Time is my greatest enemy.

Evita Peron Quotes

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People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

Dan Quayle Quotes

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She would rather light candles than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world.

Adlai E. Stevenson Quotes

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Ireland's ruins are historic emotions surrendered to time.

Horace Sutton Quotes

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

Alexis de Tocqueville Quotes

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