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Famous Quotes & Quotations About History:

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
~ Mitch Ratcliffe.

A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really. But I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders. I really do.
~ Tony Blair.

A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment.
~ Author Unknown.

A Short History of Medicine
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root."
~ Author Unknown.

A sweating ovary or a sick prostate explains most history.
~ Martin H. Fischer.

And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand.
~ George Bernard Shaw Quotes, Caesar and Cleopatra.

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
~ Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959.

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
~ Edward R. Murrow.

Every great writer is a writer of history, let him treat on almost any subject he may.
~ Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversation: Diogenes and Plato.

Flight is the only truly new sensation than men have achieved in modern history.
~ James Dickey.

Food. Water. Shelter. Air. Sleep. Societal inflation has expanded need into greed. Suddenly the basic survival needs also include a cell phone, cable TV, and French manicured fingernails... We've become the absolute biggest whiners of all human history with the absolute smallest justification for whining.
~ Charlie Diekatze.

For the first time in history, sex is more dangerous than the cigarette afterward.
~ Jay Leno.

Half of writing history is hiding the truth.
~ Movie: Serenity - Spoken by Malcom Reynolds (Nathan Fillion).

History assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely.
~ Will and Ariel Durant, Lessons of History.

History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads. People get the history they deserve.
~ Charles de Gaulle.

History is herstory too.
~ Author Unknown.

History is nothing but a pack of tricks we play on the dead.
~ Voltaire Quotes.

History is particularly important in throwing light on the source of our attitudes about sex because many of the assumptions we make are not necessarily scientific or rational but holdovers of past belief systems that are no longer held by modern society.
~ Vern Bullough.

History will see advertising "as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that."
~ Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes, quoted in Eric Clark, The Want Makers: Inside the World of Advertising.

Horror is the natural reaction to the last 5,000 years of history.
~ Robert Anton Wilson.

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.
~ Stephen Jay Gould, Our Allotted Lifetimes.

I am confirmed in my division of human energies.Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build. In this decisive hour of our national history, union means life and division means death.
~ Julia Ward Howe.

I strongly believe that at this point in America's history, we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change.
~ Colin Powell on Barack Obama.

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.
~ Russell Hoban.

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.
~ Thomas Merton.

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