Quotations About / On:
I have not made a study of it, but believe that it is a minor point in the history of the war.
(Jean-Marie Le Pen (b. 1928), French Nationalist politician. Quoted in Sunday Times (London, December 27, 1987).
Said of the Holocaust.)
History goes out of control almost as often as nature does.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
(Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), U.S. general, Republican politician, president. inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1953.)
The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
(Ben C. Bradlee (b. 1921), U.S. editor. quoted in Studs Terkel, Talking to Myself, bk. 1, ch. 7 (1977).)
The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, October 20, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
(Anthony Sampson (b. 1926), British journalist, author. Anatomy of Britain Today, ch. 9 (1965).)
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
(H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866-1946), British author. The Outline of History, vol. 2, ch. 41 (1920).)
The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "'Thinking Against oneself': Reflections on Cioran," Styles of Radical Will (1969).)
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
(Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist. repr. in Collected Works, vol. 10, para. 26, ed. William McGuire (1964). Woman in Europe (1927).)