Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: History.

The repository contains 25 quotes in the category “History.”
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We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object and confident promise of putting and end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

President Abraham Lincoln
1809 — 1865

Illinois Republican State Convention
June 1858

As he wrote in his diary during the first night the White House was open, November 1, 1800:

Before I end my Letter I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.

President John Adams
1735 — 1826

History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.

President Ronald Reagan
1911 — 2004

Let us brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: “This was their finest hour.”

Prime Minister Winston Churchill
1874 — 1965

Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last, but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Benjamin Franklin
1706 — 1790

History is fables agreed upon.

Voltaire
1694 — 1778

Historian: An unsuccessful novelist.

H. L. Mencken
1880 — 1956

There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.

General William Tecumseh Sherman
1820 — 1891

The traditions of the dead generations weigh like a nightmare upon the living.

Karl Marx
1818 — 1883

Don’t fire till you can see the whites of their eyes.

General Israel Putnam
1718 — 1790

I have not yet begun to fight.

Captain John Paul Jones
1747 — 1792

We Justices must confront what is indeed an awesome responsibility. It has been rendered the solemn duty of the Supreme Court of the United States, laid upon it by Congress in pursuance of the Federal Government’s power “[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,” to decide What Is Golf. I am sure that the Framers of the Constitution, aware of the 1457 edict of King James II of Scotland prohibiting golf because it interfered with the practice of archery, fully expected that sooner or later the paths of golf and government, the law and the links, would once again cross, and that the judges of this august Court would some day have to wrestle with that age-old jurisprudential question, for which their years of study in the law have so well prepared them: Is someone riding around a golf course from shot to shot really a golfer? The answer, we learn, is yes. The Court ultimately concludes, and it will henceforth be the Law of the Land, that walking is not a “fundamental” aspect of golf.

Justice Antonin Scalia
1936 —     

PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin (00-24)
Dissenting Opinion
May 29, 2001

A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience, and many have been precipitated by reckless haste.

Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
1900 — 1965

After you’ve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, it makes you wonder about history.

Bits & Pieces

Nothing is so remote from us as the thing which is not old enough to be history and not new enough to be news.

G. K. Chesterton
1874 — 1936

Get there first with the most men.

General Nathan Bedford Forrest
1821 — 1877

History is too serious to be left to historians.

M.P. Iain Macleod
1913 — 1970

Only the vanquished remember history.

Marshall McLuhan
1911 — 1980

We have met the enemy and they are ours.

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
1785 — 1819

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana
1863 — 1952

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