Quotes and Sayings about History

What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities, because you have people who don't want to study the social sciences, because it's not profitable, and now Newt, as the highest-paid historian in American history, may be an encouragement to people to study history.

Barney Frank

There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes, intolerances and violations.

Claude Vorilhon

For most of our history, Americans enjoyed both liberty and security from foreign threats.

Harry Browne

Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.

Carlos Fuentes

How do you make any sense of history, art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world's main religions?

Polly Toynbee

Nixon's full term was one of the most successful in U.S. history, which is why he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the country's history.

Conrad Black

The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970.

Tom Hayden

In the history of America, we've never had an energy plan. We don't even realize the resources we have available to us.

T. Boone Pickens

History offers no evidence for the proposition that the assignment of women to military combat jobs is the way to win wars, improve combat readiness, or promote national security.

Phyllis Schlafly

The history of Wall Street is inseparable from New York.

Ron Chernow

With copious evidence ranging from Plato's haughtiness to Beethoven's tirades, we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot.

Stephen Jay Gould

It's incredible to have been part of fashion history - my whole career has been one big highlight.

Helena Christensen

Film is the manipulative medium par excellence. When you think back on the history of film and the 20th century, you see the propaganda that's been made. So there are moral demands on the director to treat the spectators as seriously as he or she takes himself and not to see them merely as victims that can be manipulated to whatever ends they have.

Michael Haneke

Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country - this music contained the real history of the people of this country.

Jackson Browne

Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was over 50, Caucasian, thin, small-framed, and I have it in my genetic history. It was almost a slam-dunk.

Sally Field

Our history is that we can very aggressively, if necessary, and openly and democratically discuss our differences. We have a democratic history in which we come together and vote on these things.

Stockwell Day

At an incredibly divisive point in pop history, Donna Summer managed to create an undeniable across-the-board experience of mass pleasure - after 'Bad Girls,' nobody ever tried claiming disco sucked again. It set the template for what Michael Jackson would do a few months later with 'Off The Wall.'

Rob Sheffield

Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees, you have such a sense of the passage of time, of history. It's like you're touching the essence, the very substance of life.

Kim Novak

Rupert Murdoch is probably the most successful media proprietor and operator in history.

Conrad Black

Time and time again, history has proved that the conservatives are right and the liberals are wrong.

Stockwell Day

Sending Paris Hilton to jail for being the most loathed celeprosy lesion in the history of the species seems like a happening idea at first - forty-five days at Century Regional Detention Center is so the new thirty days at Promises Malibu! But it sets a dangerous precedent to jail celebs just because someone hates them.

Rob Sheffield

When it comes to true humility in the face of history, nothing beats complete silence.

Lev Grossman

While history never repeats itself, political patterns do.

Eric Alterman

I feel like I'm part of history being made. I leave Apple board meetings thinking, 'I've got to do a better job.'

Andrea Jung

Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history.

John Moody