History Quotes


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"Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty"
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"Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can't stop to count it"
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"Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution"
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"We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it"
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"France is delighted at this new opportunity to show the world that when one has the will one can succeed in joining peoples who have been brought close by history"
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"I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate"
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"History never looks like history when you are living through it"
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"The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it"
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"To the extent that the judicial profession becomes the daily routine of deciding cases on the most secure precedents and the narrowest grounds available, the judicial mind atrophies and its perspective shrinks"
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"Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages"
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"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home"
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"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts"
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"The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me"
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"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it"
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"The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future"
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"Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back"
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"The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace"
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"Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically"
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"Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor"
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"In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly"
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"The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's"
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"Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war"
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"Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party"
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"It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws"
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"Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears"
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"Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm"
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"It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition"
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"Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit"
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"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil"
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