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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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Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

Mao Tse-Tung Quotes

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The lessons of history? There are four: The bee fertilizes the flower it robs; whom the gods would destroy they first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small; when it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Charles A. Beard Quotes

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The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

Max Beerbohm Quotes

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History is a confused heap of facts.

Lord Chesterfield Quotes

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All history is but the lengthened shadow of a great man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

Gustav Flaubert Quotes

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana Quotes

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The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.

Margaret Thatcher Quotes

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Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.

Leo Tolstoy Quotes

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History teaches us that whenever a weak and ignorant people possess a thing which a strong and enlightened people want, it must be yielded up peaceably.

Mark Twain Quotes

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A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.

Edgar Watson Howe Quotes

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