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History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

History makes us some amends for the shortness of life.

History maketh a young man to be old, without wrinkles or gray hairs, privileging him with the experience of age, without either the infirmities or inconveniences thereof.

History needs distance, perspective. Facts and events which are too well attested cease, in some sort, to be malleable.

History never looks like history when you are living through it. It always looks confusing and messy, and it always feels uncomfortable.

History presents the pleasantest features of poetry and fiction - the majesty of the epic, the moving accidents of the drama, and the surprises and moral of the romance.

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

History, a distillation of rumor

History, n: an account mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.

Human history in essence is the history of ideas.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate.

I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.

I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.

I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.


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