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  The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.  
 -  Bill Gates
  

  History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it.  
 -  Theodor Adorno
  

  The impact of the magazine was very strong. As I said, it portrayed dinosaurs as part of the geological history, part of the story of life on earth. It struck that paleontology was the career for me.  
 -  Robert T. Bakker
  

  Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  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
  

  A day spent praising the earth and lamenting man's pollutionist history makes you feel like a superior, sensitive soul.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.  
 -  John Burroughs
  

  In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time.  
 -  James Mark Baldwin
  

  What is history but a fable agreed upon?  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  The history of art is the history of revivals.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  God cannot alter the past, though historians can.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.  
 -  Samuel Butler
  

  History is a set of lies agreed upon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  After the Berlin Wall came down I visited that city and I will never forget it. The abandoned checkpoints. The sense of excitement about the future. The knowledge that a great continent was coming together. Healing those wounds of our history is the central story of the European Union.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.  
 -  George Washington
  

  To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  I mean, look, Nancy Pelosi said in the very beginning this is going to be the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. And what we're seeing is she's breaking that promise every day.  
 -  Eric Cantor
  

  Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.  
 -  Albert Camus
  

  Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.  
 -  Edmund Burke
  

  One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.  
 -  Jack Canfield
  

  The biggest danger to the European Union comes not from those who advocate change, but from those who denounce new thinking as heresy. In its long history Europe has experience of heretics who turned out to have a point.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  History does not always repeat itself.  
 -  John W. Campbell
  

  From Caesar's legions to the Napoleonic wars. From the Reformation, the Enlightenment and the industrial revolution to the defeat of nazism. We have helped to write European history, and Europe has helped write ours.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.  
 -  Russell Banks
  

  The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.  
 -  James Mark Baldwin
  

  People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.  
 -  Richard M. Nixon
  

  Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  In all my study of history, I have never found a time or place I would rather have lived than now.  
 -  Orson Scott Card
  

  All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  Where I live in Connecticut was ice a mile above my house, all the way back to the North Pole, about 15 million kilometers, that's a big ice cube. But then it started to melt. We're talking about the floods of our living history.  
 -  Robert Ballard
  

  There's probably more history now preserved underwater than in all the museums of the world combined. And there's no law governing that history. It's finders keepers.  
 -  Robert Ballard
  

  Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research.  
 -  Iain Banks
  

  American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.  
 -  Konrad Adenauer
  

  If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  History has its truth, and so has legend. Legendary truth is of another nature than historical truth. Legendary truth is invention whose result is reality. Furthermore, history and legend have the same goal; to depict eternal man beneath momentary man.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.  
 -  Neil Armstrong
  

  The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  All in all, for someone who was immersed in, fascinated by, and dedicated to flight, I was disappointed by the wrinkle in history that had brought me along one generation late. I had missed all the great times and adventures in flight.  
 -  Neil Armstrong
  

  Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.  
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.  
 -  Abdul Kalam
  

  The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.  
 -  Noam Chomsky
  

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.  
 -  Milton Friedman
  

  Remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall - think of it, ALWAYS.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  History is written by the victors.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.  
 -  Johnny Depp
  

  To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance.  
 -  Charles Babbage
  

  I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.  
 -  Morgan Freeman
  

  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.  
 -  Joan Rivers
  

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

  Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.  
 -  Walter Bagehot
  

  The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.  
 -  Walter Bagehot
  

  Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.  
 -  Francis Bacon
  

  'The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes'  
 -  Adolf Hitler
  

  This is what happens, when, for the first time in modern history, a candidate resorts to lawsuits to try to overturn the outcome of an election for president.  
 -  James Baker
  

  My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have. But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.  
 -  Michele Bachmann
  

  I am responsible only to God and history.  
 -  Francisco Franco
  

  If you say that the history of the Church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth, though if that is all you say, you are distorting the truth.  
 -  Gerald Vann
  

  Given political history in Chile, it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships.  
 -  Michelle Bachelet
  

  The Bible is one of the most genocidal books in history.  
 -  Noam Chomsky
  

  The Veteran's History Project, a nationwide volunteer effort to collect oral histories from America's war veterans, provides an avenue to do just that. Now in its fifth year, the Project has collected more than 40,000 individual stories.  
 -  Spencer Bachus
  

  The history of our country is not the history of any other country in the world which is either practicing advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  Pearl Harbor caused our Nation to wholeheartedly commit to winning World War II, changing the course of our Nation's history and the world's future.  
 -  Joe Baca
  

  If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  With each new book, the march of our national history takes a step forward. When one is present at a book launch, one is bearing witness to the birth of a new body of ideas, to the coming into being of another testimony of history.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  We've persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people - a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization. Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it's time to turn the page.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  All history is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.  
 -  Alice Walker
  

  Informed by our sad experience of history, we require nothing short of a foundation for lasting democracy.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  History is written by the victors.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  I got a call to come in and meet Fox, and the rest is history.  
 -  Paula Abdul
  

  For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  History is a people's memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top - or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things... Life is one crisis after another.  
 -  Richard M. Nixon
  

  Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.  
 -  Quentin Tarantino
  

  The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.  
 -  Mao Zedong
  

  History never repeats itself, historians do.  
 -  Lee Benson
  

  It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Live out of your imagination, not your history.  
 -  Stephen Covey
  

  Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  I'm the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don't believe it, check the cash register.  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.  
 -  Karl Marx
  

  The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.  
 -  Karl Marx
  

  History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.  
 -  Karl Marx
  

  In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time, but in general, unity has prevailed.  
 -  Sade Adu
  

  Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  History shows that there are no invincible armies.  
 -  Joseph Stalin
  

  History doesn't repeat itself - at best it sometimes rhymes  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.  
 -  Ronald Reagan
  

  Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.  
 -  Mohandas Gandhi
  

  Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.  
 -  Thurgood Marshall
  

  History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new; when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long suppressed finds utterance.  
 -  Jawaharlal Nehru
  

  In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.  
 -  Robert F. Kennedy
  

  Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.  
 -  Mohandas Gandhi
  

  Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats.  
 -  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  

  Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.  
 -  George Orwell
  

  Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.  
 -  Pope John Paul II
  

  Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.  
 -  Pope John Paul II
  

  You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.  
 -  Jawaharlal Nehru
  

  The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  To believe that what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  We are not makers of history. We are made by history.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  Every day of your life is a page of your history  
 -  Arabian proverb