History and Nations

"United States: .... A nation given either to unjustified over-enthusiasms or infantile furies."

John Ralston Saul
John Ralston Saul "The Doubter's Companion"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Justice is the bread of the nation, it is always hungry for it."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Canada is a country built against any common, geographic, historic or cultural sense."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The happiest times of humanity are the blank pages in the book of history."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One."


Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History ought never to be confused with nostalgia; it's written not to revere the dead, but to inspire the living. It's our cultural bloodstream, the secret of who we are. And it tells us to let go of the past, even as we honor it; to lament what ought to be lamented, to celebrate what should be celebrated."


Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"World history is the world's court."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In America nothing dies easier than tradition."


Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."


Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The French courage proceeds from vanity - the German from phlegm - the Turkish from fanaticism and opium - the Spanish from pride - the English from coolness - the Dutch from obstinacy - the Russian from insensibility - but the Italian from anger."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"History is a selective interpretation of events designed to justify those currently in power. Memory is the same thing on an individual scale."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"One matter Englishmen don't think in the least funny is their happy consciousness of possessing a deep sense of humour."


Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman."

Willa Cather
Willa Cather "O Pioneers!"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias and the farmyard civilization of the Fabians."


Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other."

Philip Guedalla
Philip Guedalla "Supers and Supermen"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums."


Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"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."

Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero "Pro Publio Sestio"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santayana
George Santayana "The Life of Reason"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role."


Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

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

Herbert George Wells
Herbert George Wells "Outline of History"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?"


Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. "


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes. "


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The American who first discovered Columbus made a bad discovery."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."


Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"History is written by the victors."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves."


Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The only lesson history has taught us is that man has not yet learned anything from history."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Women don't make history, they complicate it."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history."


Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven."


Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The English think they are free. They are free only during the election of members of parliament."


Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A king is history's slave."

Lev Tolstoy
Lev Tolstoy "War and Peace"

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."


Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The one duty we owe to history is to re-write it."


Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"History would be an excellent thing if only it were true."


Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The United States never lost a war or won a conference."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Happy the people whose annals are tiresome."


Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it."


Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them."


Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it."


Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A generation which ignores history has no past - and no future."


Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum."


Rating: 2.33 (Number of Voters: 3)