History Politics Quotes

Quotes tagged as "history-politics" (showing 1-30 of 70)
Hilary Mantel
“There's a feeling of power in reserve, a power that drives right through the bone, like the shiver you sense in the shaft of an axe when you take it into your hand. You can strike, or you can not strike, and if you choose to hold back the blow, you can still feel inside you the resonance of the omitted thing.”
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

Hannah Arendt
“That Hegelian dialectics should provide a wonderful instrument for always being right, because they permit the interpretations of all defeats as the beginning of victory, is obvious. One of the most beautiful examples of this kind of sophistry occurred after 1933 when the German Communists for nearly two years refused to recognize that Hitler's victory had been a defeat for the German Communist Party.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Kim Stanley Robinson
“Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can't grasp the current situation.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars

Daniel Webster
“Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable!”
Daniel Webster, The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union: Selected Documents

Albert Speer
“At headquarters, where everyone lived under the tremendous pressure of responsibility, probably nothing was more welcome than a dictate from above. That meant being freed of a decision and simultaneously being provided with an excuse for failure.”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

Karl Marx
“Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand.”
Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Andrew Ashling
“History doesn't remember gardens.

You forgot the wise administrators, those who kept the peace, those who brought prosperity. You needn’t feel embarrassed, though. So did history.”
Andrew Ashling

“The sun don't shine on the same dog's tail all the time; either the sun moves or the dog moves!”
Murray M. Silver

Andrew Ashling
“But you didn’t mention Orrigar I, the first king of the House of Chaldarina. He put an end to years of unrest and civil strife. Neither did you mention Ronnick II, the one who reformed the monetary system and forbade the Great Houses to mint their own coins, thus stabilizing our currency. At the time it saved Ximerion from going bankrupt.”
“I’m sorry. I told you we weren’t big—”
“It’s not that, Hemarchidas. You remembered the fighting kings, those who brought war, destruction and ephemeral glory. Or those who ended tragically. You forgot the wise administrators, those who kept the peace, those who brought prosperity. You needn’t feel embarrassed, though. So did history.”
Hemarchidas looked at his friend as if he saw him for the first time.
“So, all in all, Hemarchidas, I’d rather history forgot me.”
Andrew Ashling

Albert Speer
“Hitler knew nothing about his enemies and even refused to use the information that was available to him. Instead, he trusted his inspirations, no matter how inherently contradictory they may be and these inspirations were governed by extreme contempt and underestimation of the others.”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

Albert Speer
“The communications apparatus at headquarters was remarkable...It was possible to communicate directly with all important theaters of the war...They could be directed from Hitler's table in the situation room. The more fearful the situation, the greater was the gulf modern technology created between reality and fantasies with which the man at this table operated.”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

Albert Speer
“As I see it today, Hitler and Goebbels were in fact molded by the mob itself, guided by its yearnings and its daydreams. Of course, Goebbels and Hitler knew how to penetrate through to the instincts of their audiences; but in the deeper sense they derived their whole existence from these audiences. Certainly the masses roared to the beat set by Hitler's and Goebbels' baton; yet they were not the true conductors. The mob determined the theme. To compensate for misery, insecurity, unemployment, and hopelessness, this anonymous assemblage wallowed for hours at a time in obsessions, savagery and license. The personal unhappiness caused by the breakdown of the economy was replaced by a frenzy that demanded victims. By lashing out at their opponents and vilifying the Jews, they gave expression and direction to fierce primal passions.”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

Albert Speer
“Hitler's dictatorship was the first of an industrial estate in this age of modern technology, a dictatorship which employed to perfection the instruments of technology to dominate its own people. By means of such instruments of technology, eighty million persons could be made subject to the will of one individual. Telephone, teletype, radio, made it possible to transmit the commands of the highest levels directly to the lowest organs where they were executed uncritically”
Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich

Joy Hakim
“Elizabeth Cady read the nation's great Declaration, and it bothered her. All men are created equal, it said. But what about women?”
Joy Hakim, From Colonies to Country 1735-1791

Piet Hein Wokke
“Shepherds use religion to fight wars, sheep fight over religion.”
Piet Hein Wokke, Revolution

Nelson Mandela
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances freedom to others. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Maya Angelou
“We, the black people, the most displaced, the poorest, the most maligned and scourged, we had the glorious task of reclaiming the soul and saving the honor of the country. We, the most hated, must take hate into our hands and by the miracle of love, turn loathing into love. We, the most feared and apprehensive must take fear and by love, change it into hope. We, who die daily in large and small ways, must take the demon death and turn it into life.-Martin Luther King Jr.”
Maya Angelou

Nelson Mandela
“Of course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgement, not till he’s shown his colors, run the people, making laws. Experience, there’s the test.”
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

“He indeed who believes that by studying isolated histories he can acquire a fairly just view of history as a whole, is, as it seems to me, much in the case of one, who, after having looked at the dissevered limbs of an animal once alive and beautiful, fancies he has been as good as an eyewitness of the creature itself in all its action and grace.”
Polybius, The Histories, Vol 1: Books 1-2

Денис Олегов
“Истината се превръща в сила, стига да е продиктувана от нашия собствен разум. Защото ние трябва да осъзнаем каква е нашата истина, къде е скрита тази сила. А това става едва тогава, когато поемем към върха на планината, борим се за целите си и живеем, за да бъдем щастливи, а не да сме подчинена част от една маса без разум.”
Денис Олегов, Колелото на историята

Rebecca Traister
“..the expectations of Republican Motherhood – in which women’s obligations were the instilling of civic virtue in offspring and the moral maintenance of their husbands.”
Rebecca Traister, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

“For virtually all the socialist revolutions of the twentieth century, it was not a crisis of the capitalist system, but imperialist war that pushed old orders into crisis...”
S.A. Smith

Phil Mitchell
“History is not a bad thing. It just reminds us what to do and what not to do in the future.”
Phil Mitchell, A Bright New Morning: An American Story

Ashok Anand
“The societies which do not learn to coexist in peace always live in fear and poverty.

From: One Vs All”
Ashok Anand

Hank Bracker
“The nautical expression that “Rats leave a sinking ship” is an observed truth. Not only will they attempt to save themselves but they will also assist in saving others. In fact studies show that they will be more apt to help their fellow rats if they had experienced a previous dunking themselves. Although detested by human’s rats are in fact very compassionate social animals that crave company. Research has proven that they will help another rat in distress before searching for food even though they may be hungry.
Although not proven it has been observed that they have an innate knowledge of impending disaster and if they are seen abandoning ship, it just might be wise to follow. This is born out in Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act I, Scene II where he wrote: “In few, they hurried us aboard a bark, bore us some leagues to the sea; where they prepared a rotten carcass of a boat, not rigged, nor tackle, sail, nor mast; the very rats instinctively had to quit it.”
Of course this nautical concept is fortunately not frequently witnessed, however in a metaphorical sense it is now being witnessed politically. The New York Times's Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns have written articles concerning the tumult behind the scenes in the world of Donald Trump. “In private, Mr. Trump's mood is often sullen and erratic, his associates say. He veers from barking at members of his staff to grumbling about how he was better off following his own instincts…” Many others claim that he is not up to the task and could actually be a danger to our country if not the World. On Twitter, Bill Kristol a conservative and the Editor at large of the Weekly Standard says that the New York Times story suggest suggests prominent members of Trump's team are already beginning their recriminations in anticipation of a Republican defeat in November.
Although I usually save my political remarks for my personal Facebook page, the obvious cannot be ignored and it has been universally apparent that our “Ship of State” has been heading into uncharted waters, rife with dangers herebefore unknown!”
Hank Bracker

Ljupka Cvetanova
“It's easy to write the history. All the eyewitnesses are dead.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Shashi Tharoor
“When a marauder destroys your house and takes away your cash and jewellery , his responsibility for his actions far exceeds that of the servant who opened door to him, whether out of fear, cupidity or because he simply he didn't know any better.”
Shashi Tharoor, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Shashi Tharoor
“I do not look to history to absolve my country of the need to do things right today. I seek to understand the wrongs of yesterday, both to grasp what has brought us to our present reality and to understand the past for itself.”
Shashi Tharoor, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Nicholas Bouler
“The past is a terrible place to live, but some people can make a home nowhere else.”
Nicholas Bouler, Heart In Dixie

Jules Michelet
“L'homme, c'etait Thuriot, un dogue terrible, de la race de Danton; nous le retrouverons deux fois, au comencement et à la fin; sa parole est deux fois mortelle: el tue la Bastille, il tue Robespierre.”
Jules Michelet, Histoire de La Revolution Francaise

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