History and Nations

"The British tourist is always happy abroad as long as the natives are waiters."


Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old."

Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling "Life's Handicap"

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most."

Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer "Barbary Shore"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs."


Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe."


Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book, America as the paperback version."

Don Delillo
Don Delillo "The Names"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art."

John Ruskin
John Ruskin "St. Mark's Rest"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"France was long a despotism tempered by epigrams."

Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle "History of the French Revolution"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian."


Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact."

Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich "Marlene Dietrich's ABC"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together."


Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there."

George Orwell
George Orwell "The Lion and the Unicorn"

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A conquered nation is like a man with cancer: he can think of nothing else."

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

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "Man and Superman"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Every time history repeats itself the price goes up."


Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting."

Stefan Zweig
Stefan Zweig "Stellar Moments in Human History"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe."

Harold Rosenberg
Harold Rosenberg "The Tradition of the New"

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Everything ends this way in France. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, affairs of state - everything is a pretext for a good dinner."

Jean Anouilh
Jean Anouilh "Cécile"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a sense of life's possibilities."

James Baldwin
James Baldwin "Nobody Knows My Name"

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Frustrate a Frenchman, he will drink himself to death; an Irishman, he will die of angry hypertension; a Dane, he will shoot himself; an American, he will get drunk, shoot you, then establish a million dollar aid program for your relatives. Then he will die of an ulcer."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the the movements of the world gave a chance for it."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "Physics and Politics"

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "Physics and Politics"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Beyond the Mexique Bay"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum."

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"America is a young country with an old mentality."

George Santayana
George Santayana "Winds of Doctrine"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"France may claim the happiest marriages in the world, but the happiest divorces in the world are "made in America.""

Helen Rowland
Helen Rowland "A Guide to Men"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History is the short trudge from Adam to atom."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Some people make headlines while others make history."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half."


Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A mere fact will never stop an Englishman."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History is statistics in a state of progression; statistics is history at a stand."


Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before."


Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is the great north wind that made the Vikings."


Rating: 1.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Three Spaniards, four opinions."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can't grasp the current situation."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to decadence without the usual interval of civilization."


Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Ideas shape the course of history."


Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The history of the world is but the biography of great men."


Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology."


Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Cricket is a game which the English, not being a spiritual people, have invented in order to give themselves some conception of Eternity."

Stormont Mancroft
Stormont Mancroft "A Chinaman in My Bath"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 9)

"The lesson of history is rarely learned by the actors themselves."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk, does not carry even one American soldier, and is located in a critical region for American national security."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)