Today’s History Lesson

An Everyday History Lesson

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
~ Marcus Garvey

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
~ Carl Sagan

“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.”
~ James A. Baldwin

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.”
~ Woodrow Wilson

“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”
~ John F. Kennedy

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”
~ Karl Marx

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
~ George Orwell

“History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.'”
~ Eduardo Galeano

“A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.”
~ Norman Cousins

“The teacher reminded us that Rome’s liberties were not auctioned off in a day, but were bought slowly, gradually, furtively, little by little; first with a little corn and oil for the exceedingly poor and wretched, later with corn and oil for voters who were not quite so poor, later still with corn and oil for pretty much every man that had a vote to sellexactly our own history over again.”
~ Mark Twain

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.”
~ Voltaire

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
~ H. G. Wells

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”
~ Cicero

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system.”
~ Milton Friedman

“History does not teach fatalism. There are moments when the will of a handful of free men breaks through determinism and opens up new roads.”
~ Charles de Gaulle

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
~ George Santayana

“Some people make headlines while others make history.”
~ Philip Elmer-DeWitt

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong-these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill

“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.”
~ Henry Ford

“You can’t destroy America by destroying our elite. Think about America’s elite. Think about it down through history. Destroy our elite, and about half the time, you’re doing us a favor.”
~ P. J. O’Rourke

“History is a vast early warning system.”
~ Norman Cousins

“History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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