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Positive Quotes about History

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

Related topics: Positive Choice

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

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Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

 

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

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

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

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual.
If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

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

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Libraries are not made, they grow.
- Augustine Birrell

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred
on an American than to have a public school named after him.
- Herbert Hoover

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans.
It presents one of man's first attempts to order his
view of the outside world.
- Stephen Gardiner

Failure is impossible.
- Susan B. Anthony

To people who remember JFK's assassination,
JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.
- Michael Beschloss

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

I can see clearly now...
that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and
more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.
- Richard M. Nixon

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak,
not the right to spend.
- Byron White

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan;
you should wear it inside,
where it functions best.
- Margaret Thatcher

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even
if it leads to the president.
I'm innocent.
You've got to believe I'm innocent.
If you don't, take my job.
- Richard M. Nixon

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry,
because we didn't think it was fair in the history
books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory,
and when the Indians won it was a massacre.
- Dick Gregory

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.
- Herbert Hoover

One who comes to the Court must come to adore,
not to protest.
That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.
- William O. Douglas

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.
Seek discipline and find your liberty.
- Frank Herbert

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay.
They were filthy, and they were lousy,
and they stunk.
And I loved them.
- Douglas MacArthur

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had
a depression named for him.
- Herbert Hoover


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