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  1. No historian can take part with--or against--the forces he has to study. To him even the extinction of the human race should merely be a fact to be grouped with other vital statistics.
       -- Henry Brooks Adams

  2. The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
       -- Anon.

  3. History belongs to the winner.
       -- Anon.

  4. History is something that never happened, written by a man who wasn't there.
       -- Anon.

  5. We learn nothing from history except that we learn nothing from history.
       -- Anon.

  6. Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
       -- George W. Ball

  7. More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations.
       -- John Barth

  8. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
       -- Matsuo Basho

  9. The lessons of history? There are four: The bee fertilizes the flower it robs; whom the gods would destroy they first make mad with power; the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small; when it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
       -- Charles A. Beard

  10. History moves in contradictory waves, not in straight lines.
       -- Louis Beck and Nikki Keddie

  11. The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.
       -- Max Beerbohm

  12. History: An account, mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  13. Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deitits and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  14. History is a simple piece of paper covered with print. The main thing is still to make history, not to write it.
       -- Otto von Bismark

  15. What is history but a fable agreed upon?
       -- Napoleon Bonaparte

  16. It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
       -- Samuel Butler

  17. History is the devil's scripture.
       -- Lord Byron

  18. History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  19. History is a confused heap of facts.
       -- Lord Chesterfield

  20. The causes of events are ever more interresting than the events themselves.
       -- Cicero

  21. Qualities absolutely necessary for a historian: (1) Imagination. (2) Prejudice. (3) The power of writing your own biography at the same time.
       -- Mary Coleridge

  22. History is a vast early warning system
       -- Norman Cousins

  23. History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.
       -- Clarence Darrow

  24. History's like a story in a way: it depends on who's telling it.
       -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis

  25. When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
       -- Eugene V. Debs

  26. History is philosophy learned from examples.
       -- Dionysius of Halicarnassus

  27. Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.
       -- Will Durant

  28. One of the lessons of history is that 'nothing' is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
       -- Will Durant

  29. History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
       -- Abba Eban

  30. History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes.
       -- Paul Eldridge

  31. All history is but the lengthened shadow of a great man.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  32. History is an illogical record. It hinges on nothing. It is a story that changes, and has accidents, and recovers with scars.
       -- Gretel Ehrlich

  33. Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.
       -- Gustav Flaubert

  34. History is more or less bunk.
       -- Henry Ford

  35. History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
       -- Anatole France

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

  37. History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
       -- Edward Gibbon

  38. Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.
       -- Phillip Guedalla

  39. History repeats itself; historians repeat each other.
       -- Phillip Guedala

  40. War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
       -- Thomas Hardy

  41. Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
       -- Herodotus

  42. We will hereafter believe less history than ever, now that we have seen how it is made.
       -- Don Herold

  43. The game of History is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of thr majority in the middle.
       -- Eric Hoffer

  44. Most history is a record of the triumphs, disasters, and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who make no nuisance of themselves in the world.
       -- Philip Howard

  45. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that History has to teach.
       -- Aldous Huxley

  46. The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.
       -- Randall Jarrell

  47. There is no wisdom equal to that which comes after the event.
       -- Geraldine Jewsbury

  48. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world -- or the last.
       -- John F. Kennedy

  49. History knows no resting place and no plateaus.
       -- Henry Kissinger

  50. Perhaps in time the so-called dark ages will be thought of as including our own.
       -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

  51. I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  52. Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  53. All history, of course, is the history of wars.
       -- Penelope Lively

  54. The history of the world is the record of a man in quest for his daily bread and butter.
       -- Hendrick Willem van Loon

  55. Throughout history females have picked providers. males have picked anything.
       -- Margaret Mead

  56. The men who make history have not time to write it.
       -- Metternich

  57. Throughout history the world has been laid waste to ensure the triumph of conceptions that are now as dead as the men that died for them.
       -- Henry de Montherlant

  58. The historian sees backward. In the end he also believes backward.
       -- Frederich Wilhelm Nietzche

  59. Men after death are understood worse than men of the present, but heard better.
       -- Frederich Wilhelm Nietzche

  60. History -- its what those bitter old men write.
       -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  61. Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it and wiser than the one that comes after it.
       -- George Orwell

  62. Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.
       -- Ovid

  63. History is the study of lies, anyway, because no witness ever recalls events with total accuracy, not even eyewitnesses.
       -- Nancy Pickard

  64. Give the historians something to write about.
       -- Propertius

  65. The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been "great changes."
       -- Marcel Proust

  66. Don't brood on what's past, but never forget it either.
       -- Thomas H. Raddall

  67. A land without ruins is a land without memories--a land without memories is a land without history.
       -- Abram Joseph Ryan

  68. The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.
       -- Saki

  69. Every historian discloses a new horizon.
       -- George Sand

  70. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
       -- George Santayana

  71. The world's history is constant, like the laws of nature, and simple, like the souls of men. The same conditions continually produce the same results.
       -- Friedrich von Schiller

  72. The man who sees two or three generations is like someone who sits in a conjurer's booth at a fair and sees the tricks two or three times. They are meant to be seen only once.
       -- Arnold Schopenhauer

  73. History is past politics; and politics present history.
       -- John Seeley

  74. Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
       -- Lee Simonson

  75. I have no history but the length of my bones.
       -- Robin Skelton

  76. History is the ship carrying living memories to the future.
       -- Stephen Spender

  77. The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
       -- Stendhal

  78. History as a discipline can be characterized as having a collective forgetfulness about women.
       -- Clarice Stasz Stoll

  79. The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  80. How many pens are broken, how many ink bottles consumed, to write about things that have never happened.
       -- The Talmud

  81. History is not another name for the past, as many people imply. It is the name for stories about the past.
       -- A.J.P. Taylor

  82. The certainties of one age are the problems of the next.
       -- Richard H. Tawney

  83. The wisdom of hindsight, so useful to historians and indeed to authors of memoirs, is sadly denied to practicing politicians.
       -- Margaret Thatcher

  84. The function of posterity is to look after itself.
       -- Dylan Thomas

  85. Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
       -- Leo Tolstoy

  86. History teaches us that whenever a weak and ignorant people possess a thing which a strong and enlightened people want, it must be yielded up peaceably.
       -- Mark Twain

  87. History is nothing but a pack of tricks that we play upon the dead.
       -- Voltaire

  88. History is just a portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
       -- Voltaire

  89. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
       -- H. G. Wells

  90. To give an accurate description of what never happened is the proper occupation of the historian.
       -- Orson Wells

  91. There is no life that does not contribute to history.
       -- Dorothy West

  92. It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.
       -- Rebecca West

  93. To give an accurate description of what never happened is the proper occupation of the historian.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  94. History started badly and has been getting steadily worse.
       -- Geoffrey Willans / Ronald Searle

  95. What is amusing now had to be taken in desperate earnest once.
       -- Virginia Woolf

  96. Societies that do not eat people are fascinated by those that do.
       -- Ronald Wright


  97. Hobbies protect us from passions. One hobby becomes a passion.
       -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

  98. The collector walks with blinders on; he sees nothing but the prize. In fact, the acquisitive instinct is incompatible with appreciation of pure beauty.
       -- Anne Morrow Lindburgh

  99. A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.
       -- Phyllis McGinley

  100. The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.
       -- Phyllis McGinley

  101. The laws of chess are as beautiful as those governing the universe--and as deadly.
       -- Katherine Neville

  102. It's the safety valve of middle life, and the solace of age.
       -- Mary Roberts Rinehart

  103. Bridge is a social but not a very sociable game--that is, if you take it seriously, as most bridge players do.
       -- Ruth Mills Teague

  104. The profound difference that divides the human race is a question of bait--whether to fish with worms or not.
       -- Virginia Woolf


  105. Thank God for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell.
    While other folk go hungry, we're eating pretty well.
    With home and health and happiness, we shouldn't want to fuss;
    For by this stack of evidence, God's very good to us.
       -- Anon.

  106. There's no place like home, after the other places close.
       -- Anon.

  107. You see much more of your children once they leave home.
       -- Lucille Ball

  108. The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle. It stands for permanence and separation from the world.
       -- Simone de Beauvoir

  109. To mankind in general, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
       -- Max Beerbohm

  110. Housework can kill you if done right.
       -- Erma Bombeck

  111. A man's home is his wife's castle.
       -- Alexander Chase

  112. Home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of rules and set tasks.
       -- G. K. Chesterton

  113. A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
       -- Chinese Proverb

  114. No one can say of this house, "There is no trouble here."
       -- Chinese Proverb

  115. My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, and not the house to the owner.
       -- Cicero

  116. The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
       -- Edward Coke

  117. A house may draw visitors, but it is the possessor alone that can detain them.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  118. Conran's rule of housework: it expands to fill the time available plus half an hour.
       -- Shirley Conran

  119. Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.
       -- Quentin Crisp

  120. Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.
       -- Walter Cronkite

  121. Where thou art, that, is Home.
       -- Emily Dickinson

  122. Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day
    Without suspecting our abode, until we drive away.
       -- Emily Dickinson

  123. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
       -- Phyllis Diller

  124. many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.
       -- George Norman Douglas

  125. To most men their early home is no more than a memory of their early years. The image is never marred. There's no dissappointment in memory, and one's exaggerations are always on the good side.
       -- George Eliot

  126. Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
    They have to take you in.
       -- Robert Frost

  127. He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  128. We need not power or splendor,
    Wide hall or lofty dome;
    The good, the true, the tender,
    These form the wealth of home.
       -- Sarah J. Hale

  129. The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
       -- Ed Howe

  130. The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  131. I want a house that has got over all its troubles. I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.
       -- Jerome K. Jerome

  132. A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.
       -- Clare Boothe Luce

  133. Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
    A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
       -- Robert Montgomery

  134. Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.
       -- Christian Morgenstern

  135. Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.
       -- Charles H. Parkhurst

  136. Home is where the heart is.
       -- Pliny the Elder

  137. Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments.
       -- Channing Pollock

  138. A house can have integrity, just like a person.
       -- Ayn Rand

  139. I have come back again to where I belong; not an enchanted place, but the walls are strong.
       -- Dorothy H. Rath

  140. "Home" is any four walls that enclose the right person.
       -- Helen Rowland

  141. A house that does not have one warm, comfy chair in it is soulless.
       -- May Sarton

  142. Home life is no more natural to us than a cage is to a cockatoo.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  143. The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a great refuge from home life.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  144. A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell.
       -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

  145. You can't go home again.
       -- Thomas Wolfe

  146. I've got a self-cleaning oven -- I have to get up in the night to see if it's doing it.
       -- Victoria Wood


  147. An honest man is one who's never been caught.
       -- American Proverb

  148. Anger cannot be dishonest.
       -- George R. Bach

  149. All the honesty in the world ain't legal tender for one loaf of bread.
       -- Josh Billings

  150. Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest.
       -- Comtesse Diane (Marie de Beausacq)

  151. Wealth makes everything easy -- honesty most of all.
       -- Comtesse Diane (Marie de Beausacq)

  152. Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
       -- Stephen Vincent Benét

  153. Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
       -- Josh Billings

  154. Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  155. 'Tis my opinion every man cheats in his way, and he is only honest who is not discovered.
       -- Susannah Centlivre

  156. What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.
       -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  157. Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
       -- Sigmund Freud

  158. He that resolves to deal with none but honest men, must leave off dealing.
       -- Thomas Fuller

  159. Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
       -- Billy Graham

  160. I liked the store detective who said he'd seen a lot of people who were so confused that they'd stolen things, but never one so confused they'd paid twice.
       -- Baroness Phillips

  161. I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.
       -- Sam Houston

  162. Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  163. Let none of us delude himself by supposing that honesty is always the best policy. it is not.
       -- Dean William R. Inge

  164. Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.
       -- Don Marquis

  165. There is only one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says 'yes', you know he is crooked.
       -- Groucho Marx

  166. People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.
       -- Richard J. Needham

  167. A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
       -- Ovid

  168. An honest man's the noblest work of God.
       -- Alexander Pope

  169. The honester the man, the worse luck.
       -- John Ray

  170. We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  171. It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
       -- Tom Stoppard

  172. Honesty is the best policy--when there is money in it.
       -- Mark Twain

  173. To be honest, one must be inconsistent.
       -- H. G. Wells


  174. Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
       -- Joseph Addison

  175. Honour follows those who flee it.
       -- Anon.

  176. Dignity does not come in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
       -- Aristotle

  177. Honor before profit, where practical.
       -- Gerald Barzan

  178. All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
       -- Andrew Carnegie

  179. Honor lies in honest toil.
       -- Grover Cleveland

  180. No person was ever honoured for what he received. Honour has been the reward for what he gave.
       -- Calvin Coolidge

  181. Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.
       -- John Dryden

  182. The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  183. A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
       -- Baltasar Gracian

  184. When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.
       -- Ben Jonson

  185. A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.
       -- Walter Lippman

  186. But without money, honor is nothing but a malady.
       -- Jean Racine

  187. Fame is something which must be won. Honour is something which must not be lost.
       -- Arthur Schopenhauer

  188. Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
       -- Barbara W. Tuchman

  189. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
       -- Mark Twain

  190. When faith is lost, when honor dies, the man is dead!
       -- John Greenleaf Whittier


  191. A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.
       -- Ancient Proverb

  192. Hope is a waking dream.
       -- Aristotle

  193. Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper
       -- Francis Bacon

  194. Hope is the parent of faith.
       -- Cyrus A. Bartol

  195. We often call a certainty a hope, to bring it luck.
       -- Elizabeth Bibesco

  196. When hope is taken away from a people, moral degeneration follows swiftly thereafter.
       -- Pearl S. Buck

  197. To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.
       -- Pearl S. Buck

  198. To the sick, while there is life there is hope.
       -- Cicero

  199. If you do not hope, you will not find out what is beyond your hopes.
       -- St. Clement

  200. Hope costs nothing.
       -- Colette

  201. The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.
       -- Norman Cousins

  202. "Hope" is the thing with feathers--
    That perches on the soul--
    And sings the tune without the words--
    And never stops--at all--
       -- Emily Dickinson

  203. A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them.
       -- George Eliot

  204. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
       -- English Proverb

  205. He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot.
       -- French Proverb

  206. He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  207. In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  208. Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is very good company by the way.
       -- Lord Halifax

  209. Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart; and you'll never walk alone; you'll never walk alone.
       -- Oscar Hammerstein II

  210. An act of God was defined as something no reasonable man could have expected.
       -- A. P. Herbert

  211. Hope is the poor man's bread.
       -- George Herbert

  212. We do not really feel greatful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
       -- Hoffer

  213. We should not expect something for nothing but we all do, and we call it hope.
       -- Ed Howe

  214. Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

  215. Hope is a talent like any other.
       -- Storm Jameson

  216. Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  217. Hope is slowly extinguished and quickly revived.
       -- Sophia Lee

  218. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
       -- Martin Luther

  219. Every cloud has a silver lining, but it is sometimes difficult to get it to the mint.
       -- Don Marquis

  220. Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
       -- Mignon McLaughlin

  221. Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
       -- Herman Melville

  222. Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
       -- Ouida

  223. Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
    Man never is, but always to be blest.
       -- Alexander Pope

  224. In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hope.
       -- Charles Revson

  225. Our hopes, often though they deceive us, lead us pleasantly along the path of life.
       -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  226. To hope for Paradise is to live in Paradise, a very different thing from actually getting there.
       -- Vita Sackville-West

  227. The miserable have no other medicine
    But only hope.
       -- William Shakespeare

  228. Hope is a very unruly emotion.
       -- Gloria Steinem

  229. Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will.
       -- Mary Stewart

  230. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  231. From the withered tree, a flower blooms.
       -- Zen Saying


  232. Horses are predictably unpredictable.
       -- Loretta Gage

  233. When Allah created the horse, he said to the wind, "I will a creature procede from thee. Condense thyself." And the wind condensed itself, and the result was the horse.
       -- Margaurite Henry

  234. They are more beautiful than anything in the world, kinetic sculptures, perfect form in motion.
       -- Kate Millett

  235. Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
       -- Alice Walker


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