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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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For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.

Miguel de Cervantes Quotes

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Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.

Carl Jung Quotes

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True enough, the country is calm. Calm as a morgue or a grave, would you not say?

Vaclav Havel Quotes

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A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward.

Earl of Chesterfield Quotes

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

Matsuo Basho Quotes

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Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.

Will Durant Quotes

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War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy Quotes

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Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole.

Vicki Baum Quotes

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The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.

Walter Benjamin Quotes

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The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying.

John Berger Quotes

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

George Clemenceau Quotes

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People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

James A. Baldwin Quotes

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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson Quotes

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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

John F. Kennedy Quotes

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They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself: Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.

G. Gordon Liddy Quotes

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In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

Gen Douglas Macarthur Quotes

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We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

Edward R. Murrow Quotes

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Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.

Marge Piercy Quotes

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If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes.

Joseph Stalin Quotes

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No historian can take part with--or against--the forces he has to study. To him even the extinction of the human race should merely be a fact to be grouped with other vital statistics.

Henry Brooks Adams Quotes

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History knows no resting place and no plateaus.

Henry Kissinger Quotes

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The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

Jonathan Swift Quotes

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