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Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
- Robert F. Kennedy
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History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
- Anatole France
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History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.
- Malcolm X
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History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon
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History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer
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History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.
- Paul Eldridge
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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
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History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
- Philip Guedalla
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History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
- Clarence Darrow
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History shows that there are no invincible armies.
- Joseph Stalin
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Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells
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I can't understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it.
- George Burns
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I felt like a pickle stepping into history.—During the unveiling of his official portrait in the East Room of the White House (June 14, 2004)
- Bill Clinton
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I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
- Patrick Henry
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If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history to me!
- G. M. Trevelyan
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In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.
- Paul Harvey
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Journalism is merely history's first draft.
- Geoffrey Ward
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Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.
- Marge Piercy
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One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant
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The historian is a prophet looking backwards.
- Friedrich von Schlegel
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The histories of mankind are histories only of the higher classes.
- Thomas Malthus
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The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
- Spiro Agnew
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The main difference for the history of the world if I had been shot rather than Kennedy is that Onassis probably wouldn't have married Mrs Khrushchev.
- Nikita Khrushchev
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There is no reason to repeat bad history.
- Eleanor Holmes Norton
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They have formed their own 4-H club - the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.
- Spiro Agnew
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Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana
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To give an accurate and exhaustive account of the period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
- Max Beerbohm
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What experience and history teach is this—that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!
- Nikita Khrushchev
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While we read history we make history.
- George Wiilliam Curtis
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Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
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You can't walk alone, Many have given the illusion but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
- Peter Abrahams
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