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

Whats In Your Day

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”
~ Dalai Lama

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
~ William Barclay

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
~ Matsuo Basho

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”
~ Joel Osteen

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
~ Charlie Chaplin

“At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren’t where you want to be, you will always be a failure.”
~ Erin Cummings

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
~ Maimonides

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
~ J. B. Priestley

“Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.”
~ John Wooden

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
~ Jim Rohn

The Other Side Of Fear

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
~ George Adair

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
~ Albert Camus

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
~ H. P. Lovecraft

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“Try a thing you haven?t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
~ Virgil Thomson

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
~ Gandhi

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
~ John Steinbeck

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
~ Japanese Proverb

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
~ Helen Keller

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”
~ Eric Hoffer

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
~ James Stephens

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
~ Frank Herbert

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
~ Bertrand Russell

Of Wisdom To Weigh & Consider

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions. Their lives a mimicry. Their passions a quotation.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
~ Arthur C. Clark

“Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.”
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

“I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.”
~ Bruce Lee

“And when you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education”
~ Mark Twain

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

~ John F. Kennedy

“It is no measure of health to be well—adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
~ Jiddu Krisnamurti

“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.”
~ William Wallace

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
~ Plato

“Some cause happiness wherever they go. others whenever they go.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“To love is to recognize yourself in another.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.”
~ Tryon Edwards

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead. teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”
~ Indian Proverb

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

“Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”
~ Vllilliam Saroyan

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school. they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
~ John Lennon

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
~ Albert Einstein

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty. the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”
~ Hunter S. Thompson

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
~ Lao Tzu

~ Dalai Llama. when asked what surprised him most about humanity. said:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die. and then dies having never really lived.”

“I see all this potential. and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history. man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.
~ Chuck Palahniuk

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
~ H.L. Mencken

The Ignorance Of Wisdom – Quote Collection

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.”
~ Samuel Butler

“Ignorance is strength.”
~ George Orwell

“Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.”
~ Alfred North Whitehead

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.”
~ Plato

“It is better to confess ignorance than provide it.”
~ Homer Hickam

“Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.”
~ John Tillotson

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
~ James A. Baldwin

“True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.”
~ Akhenaten

“Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.”
~ Hugo De Groot

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to perceive it and therefore he that can perceive it hath it not.”
~ Jeremy Taylor

“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”
~ Mark Twain

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”
~ Maya Angelou

“It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin

“Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.”
~ Plato

“Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.”
~ Publilius Syrus

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.”
~ Saadi

“It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.”
~ Saint Jerome

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
~ Socrates

“Ignorant men don’t know what good they hold in their hands until they’ve flung it away.”
~ Sophocles

“You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.”
~ Will Rogers

“Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.”
~ William Blake

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”
~ William G. McAdoo