“ A lot of the changes are so gradual that they don't even qualify as news, or even as interesting: they're so mundane that we just take them for granted. But history shows that it's the mundane changes that are more important than the dramatic 'newsworthy' events. ”


— Robert D. Kaplan

“ The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community. ”


— Ruth Benedict

“ In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour. ”


— Stefan Zweig

“ My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit. ”


— Brian Acton

“ And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. ”


— Lord Acton

“ Why shouldn't rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment - that rappers, because they're black, can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence. ”


— Saul Williams

“ After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that. ”


— Reggie Jackson

“ Yes, we've seen it all before. And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it. But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it. After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail. ”


— John Thorn

“ Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships. ”


— Winona LaDuke

“ The Declaration of Independence is a sacred part of American history. ”


— Paul Gillmor

“ In the 7th grade, I made a 20-foot long mural of the Lewis and Clark Trail while we were studying that in history because I knew I wasn't going to be able to spit back the names and the dates and all that stuff on a test. ”


— Chuck Close

“ I think my attitudes about the past are very traditional. You can't ignore history; you can't escape it even if you want to. You might as well know where you come from, and you might as well know that everything has been done in some shape or form. ”


— Frank Gehry

“ History is a race between education and catastrophe. ”


— H. G. Wells

“ One good thing about television is that you have a lot of people with money who have real good cameras going around to all these countries. You haven't been there? Great. Turn on The History Channel or The Discovery Channel. So, we're lucky in that way. ”


— Grace Slick

“ Violence is a part of America. I don't want to single out rap music. Let's be honest. America's the most violent country in the history of the world, that's just the way it is. We're all affected by it. ”


— Spike Lee

“ You accept that this civilisation could be abolished and life will begin later on after a few thousand years because that is something that has happened in the history of this planet. When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair there is no hope. ”


— Thich Nhat Hanh

“ History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. ”


— Anatole France

“ Black history is American history. ”


— Morgan Freeman

“ Our liberal, New York/Washington-based media would never in a million years put Liberal Godfather Ted Kennedy on the spot about his clan's bad behavior, to whose lurid history he himself has contributed so much. ”


— Camille Paglia

“ Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. ”


— Walt Whitman

“ Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. ”


— Benjamin Disraeli

“ I think... the history of civilization is an attempt to codify, classify and categorize aspects of human nature that hardly lend themselves to that process. ”


— Tom Stoppard

“ If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music and of aviation. ”


— Tom Stoppard

“ For a privileged minority, Western democracy provides the leisure, the facilities, and the training to seek the truth lying hidden behind the veil of distortion and misrepresentation, ideology and class interest, through which the events of current history are presented to us. ”


— Noam Chomsky

“ In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. ”


— P. J. O'Rourke


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