History and Nations

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"History never looks like history when you are living through it."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The Book of History is the Bible of Irony."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Desperate times call for desperate measures."


Rating: 8.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"France is France and a grand place for Frenchman."


Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"History doesn't repeat itself - historians merely repeat each other."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If you don't know foreign languages, you don't know anything about your own."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Art and Antiquity"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Happy is the nation without a history."

Cesare Beccaria
Cesare Beccaria "On Crimes and Punishments"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses."

John Florio
John Florio "Second Frutes"

Rating: 1.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"History keeps repeating itself because nobody listens."


Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"History isn't a single road, but a multitude of them."


Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them."

Jean Genet
Jean Genet "Prisoner of Love"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"History: An illusion caused by the passage of time."


Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there."


Rating: 7.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Italy is a poor country full of rich people."


Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end."


Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The great nations have always acted like gangsters and the small nations like prostitutes."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did."

Malcolm Bradbury
Malcolm Bradbury "Stepping Westward"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Patriotism ruins history."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon."


Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (speech at Greenville, N.C., Feb 8, 1963)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (speech at Greenville, N.C., Feb 8, 1963)

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President."


Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right."


Rating: 7.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Toilet paper too thin, newspapers too fat."

Winston Churchill (on America)
Winston Churchill (on America)

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"America is a mistake, a giant mistake."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The English are probably the most tolerant, least religious people on earth."


Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The Americans are the illegitimate children of the English."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness."

Voltaire
Voltaire "Letters on England"

Rating: 3.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Hell is a place where all the cooks are British."


Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The great wars of the present age are the effects of the study of history."


Rating: 3.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In England there are sixty different religions, and only one sauce."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A historian is often only a journalist facing backwards."

Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus "Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths"

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "John Bull's Other Island"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There has been a comparatively greater proportion of good queens, than of good kings."

Sarah M. Grimke
Sarah M. Grimke "Letters on the Equality of the Sexes"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy."


Rating: 4.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair."


Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"History, a distillation of rumour."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "History of the French Revolution"

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"And what should they know of England who only England know?"

Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling "The English Flag"

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)