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The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.

The men who make history, have not time to write it.

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.

The more we know of history, the less shall we esteem the subjects of it; and to despise our species is the price we must too often pay for our knowledge of it.

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.

The present state of things is the consequence of the past; and it is natural to inquire as to the sources of the good we enjoy or the evils we suffer. If we act oniy for ourselves, to neglect the study of history is not prudent; if intrusted with the care of others, it is not just.

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.

The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.

The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.

The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.

There is no part of history so generally useful as that which relates to the progress of the human mind, the gradual improvement of reason, the successive advances of science, the vicissitudes of learning and ignorance, the extinction and resuscitation of arts, and the revolutions of the intellectual world. - If accounts of battles and invasions are peculiarly the business of princes, the useful and elegant arts are not to be neglected, and those who have kingdoms to govern have understandings to cultivate.

There is properly no history; only biography.

They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.

They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.


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