— Geoff Dyer English writer 1958
Context: Ruins—antique ruins at least—are what is left when history has moved on. They are no longer at the mercy of history, only of time. (p. 207).
„Has everything been done to justify our actions in the light of history? What can there be left for a commander in defeat? In antiquity they took poison.“
— Geoff Dyer English writer 1958
„History is truely the witness of times past, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity; whose voice, but the orator's, can entrust her to immortality?“
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
De Oratore Book II; Chapter IX, section 36
„History shows that degeneracy can be turned around because it has been done in the past. But the real question today is: Will we turn it around-or is what we are doing likely to make matters worse?“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
Barbarians inside the Gates?
„We have to be realistic about the history of [touch-screen] technology. We have to remember that this is not new — this has been done, this has been tried before.“
— Mike Lazaridis Canadian businessman 1961
RIM's Lazaridis: Qwerty is the next big thing http://news.com/RIMs-Lazaridis-Qwerty-is-the-next-big-thing/2100-1041_3-6239705.html?tag=nefd.top in CNET (16 May 2008)
„What I demand you is almost impossible, for one has to defeat our history. And nevertheless, if one does not defeat it, one has to know a rule that imposes itself: nationalism, this is war! War is not solely past, it can be our future, and these are you, ladies and gentlemen deputies, who are the guardians of our peace, our security and our future.“
— François Mitterrand 21st President of the French Republic 1916 - 1996
Lecture held at European Parliament (17 January 1995)
„No one can be certain what the future will bring. No one can say whether the time has come for an easing of the struggle. But history and our own conscience will judge us harsher if we do not now make every effort to test our hopes by action. And this is the place to begin.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
— N. T. Rama Rao Indian actor and Andhra Pradesh former chief minister 1923 - 1996
His own family toppled him, quoted in
— Tao Yuanming Chinese poet 365 - 427
Context: In former days I wanted wine to drink; The wine this morning fills the cup in vain. I see the spring mead with its floating foam, And wonder when to taste of it again. The feast before me lavishly is spread, My relatives and friends beside me cry. I wish to speak but lips can shape no voice, I wish to see but light has left my eye. I slept of old within the lofty hall, Amidst wild weeds to rest I now descend. When once I pass beyond the city gate I shall return to darkness without end. Second of three poems ("Three Dirges") written by Tao Yuanming in 427, the same year he died at the age of 63, and often read as poems written for his own funeral. John Minford and Joseph S. M. Lau (eds.), Classical Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Translations (2000), p. 513
„In its amplest meaning history includes every trace and vestige of everything that man has done or thought since first he appeared on the earth.“
— James Harvey Robinson American historian 1863 - 1936
Context: In its amplest meaning history includes every trace and vestige of everything that man has done or thought since first he appeared on the earth. It may aspire to follow the fate of nations or it may depict the habits and emotions of the most obscure individual. Its sources of information extend from the rude flint hatchets of Chelles to this morning's newspaper. It is the vague and comprehensive science of past human affairs. Ch. 1 : The New History, p. 1
„The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat or cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
Ch. 32, January 13, 1944.
„It is my belief that action under this section should be suspended until the Congress can reconsider the entire question in the light of the experience that has been developed since its enactment.“
— Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933