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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

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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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the long term we can hope that religion will change
the nature of man and reduce conflict.
But history is not encouraging in this respect.
The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

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

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

Civilization is a movement and not a condition,
a voyage and not a harbor.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

The construction of Europe is an art.
It is the art of the possible.
- Jacques Chirac

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

Although...
the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen
by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures,
yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only,
but of the whole people of the United States.
- James K. Polk

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

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

Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.
- David M. Shoup

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

Americans love to fight.
All real Americans love the sting of battle.
- George S. Patton

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

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

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

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

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

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

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive
unless you take account of people's attitudes.
After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.
- Prince Charles

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

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
- Colin Powell

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


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