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    John W. Gardner

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

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    Harry S. Truman

    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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    Jean Chretien

    You have to look at history as an evolution of society.

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    Herbert Hoover

    I'm the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.

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    Margaret Thatcher

    Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.

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    Alexis de Tocqueville

    History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.

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    David Horowitz

    If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it.

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    Herbert Hoover

    Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.

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    Desmond Tutu

    If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

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    Mahatma Gandhi

    A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

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    Louis D. Brandeis

    Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.

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    Lyndon B. Johnson

    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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    Evita Peron

    Time is my greatest enemy.

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    Tony Blair

    We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.

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    Juan Antonio Samaranch

    We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind.

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    Nikita Khrushchev

    The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.

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    Augustine Birrell

    That great dust-heap called 'history'.

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    Oliver North

    I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the uniformed services of the United States of America, ever violated an order - not one.

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    G. Gordon Liddy

    They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself: Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.

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    George S. Patton

    A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.

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    Douglas MacArthur

    They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them.

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    Hugo Black

    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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    Elizabeth II

    I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else - I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.

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    Michael Beschloss

    To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin.

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    James K. Polk

    Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.

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    Evita Peron

    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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    Tacitus

    Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.

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    Jackie Kennedy

    What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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    William O. Douglas

    One who comes to the Court must come to adore, not to protest. That's the new gloss on the 1st Amendment.

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    H. L. Mencken

    Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age.

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    Jacques Chirac

    The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.

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    Winston Churchill

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

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    Susan B. Anthony

    Failure is impossible.

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    Richard M. Nixon

    You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even if it leads to the president. I'm innocent. You've got to believe I'm innocent. If you don't, take my job.

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    Neil Armstrong

    This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

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    Edward Gibbon

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

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    George W. Bush

    The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.

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    Victor Cousin

    All truly historical peoples have an idea they must realize, and when they have sufficiently exploited it at home, they export it, in a certain way, by war; they make it tour the world.

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    Peter Berger

    The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.

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    Colin Powell

    The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.

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    Jacques Chirac

    Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.

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    Irving R. Kaufman

    The Supreme Court's only armor is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition, the collective hopes of our society.

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    Jessamyn West

    The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.

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    H. G. Wells

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

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    Richard M. Nixon

    It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody.

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    David M. Shoup

    Remember, God provides the best camouflage several hours out of every 24.

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    Tom Ford

    September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.

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    Prince Charles

    Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.

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    Confucius

    Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.

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    Henry James

    It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.

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    John Quincy Adams

    Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

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    George S. Patton

    Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.

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    Vladimir Lenin

    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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    Mao Tse-Tung

    Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

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    Edward R. Murrow

    We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

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    Margaret Thatcher

    To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.

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    James K. Polk

    Although... the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a party only, but of the whole people of the United States.

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    Calvin Coolidge

    I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.

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    William O. Douglas

    Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back.

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    Wendell Berry

    I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

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    Louis D. Brandeis

    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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    Lyndon B. Johnson

    The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.

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    Dante Alighieri

    Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.

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    Gertrude Stein

    It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.

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    Charles de Gaulle

    I have tried to lift France out of the mud. But she will return to her errors and vomitings. I cannot prevent the French from being French.

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    Irving R. Kaufman

    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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    Thomas Jefferson

    I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

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    Augustine Birrell

    Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.

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    Richard M. Nixon

    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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    Samuel Butler

    God cannot alter the past, though historians can.

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    Eddie Bernice Johnson

    Generally speaking, historically in this country, the care of a child has been thought of as female business.

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    Benjamin Disraeli

    Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.

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    Barbara Tuchman

    The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.

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    Augustine Birrell

    Libraries are not made, they grow.

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    Henry A. Kissinger

    It was a Greek tragedy. Nixon was fulfilling his own nature. Once it started it could not end otherwise.

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    Arnold J. Toynbee

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

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    Dan Quayle

    It's a very good historical book about history.

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    Anwar Sadat

    Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.

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    Richard M. Nixon

    In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.

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    Konrad Adenauer

    History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.

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    Irving R. Kaufman

    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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    Lyndon B. Johnson

    If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."

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    Kofi Annan

    Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.

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    Christopher Columbus

    Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.

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    Henry B. Adams

    Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.

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    Herbert Hoover

    No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.

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    Margaret Thatcher

    A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.

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    Mark Twain

    The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

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    Henry Ford

    History is more or less bunk.

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    Francois Mitterrand

    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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    Abraham Lincoln

    The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.

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    Wendell Phillips

    Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.

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    Lance Morrow

    The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.

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    James A. Baldwin

    People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

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    George M. Humphrey

    You can't set a hen in one morning and have chicken salad for lunch.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    What is history but a fable agreed upon?

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    A. Whitney Brown

    The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.

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    Woodrow Wilson

    The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.

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    George Will

    The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

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    Barry Goldwater

    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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    Norman Cousins

    History is a vast early warning system.

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    Byron White

    The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend.

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    William Halsey

    There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.

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    William Manchester

    An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.

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    George Santayana

    Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

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    William Butler Yeats

    Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.

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    John F. Kennedy

    If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

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    Julius Caesar

    I came, I saw, I conquered.

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    Marge Piercy

    Never doubt that you can change history. You already have.

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    George Will

    World War II was the last government program that really worked.

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    George Santayana

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

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    George Washington

    Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.

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    Frank Herbert

    Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

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    Sandra Day O'Connor

    Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.

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    Dick Gregory

    We used to root for the Indians against the cavalry, because we didn't think it was fair in the history books that when the cavalry won it was a great victory, and when the Indians won it was a massacre.

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    Ambrose Bierce

    History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.

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    Ted Koppel

    History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.

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    John F. Kennedy

    History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

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    George Washington Carver

    When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

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    James Stockdale

    They can shout down the head of the physics department at Cal Tech.

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    Colin Powell

    90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.

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    Amar Bose

    We learned the value of research in World War II.

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    Evita Peron

    When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.

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    Dan Quayle

    People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

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    Edward R. Murrow

    Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

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    John Foster Dulles

    I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go out and riot occasionally.

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    John F. Kennedy

    We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.

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    Epicurus

    The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.

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    Douglas MacArthur

    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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    William James

    The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

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    H. L. Mencken

    Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

    History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

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    Edward Kennedy

    Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.

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    Grover Cleveland

    A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.

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    Stephen Gardiner

    Stonehenge was built possibly by the Minoans. It presents one of man's first attempts to order his view of the outside world.

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    Arnold J. Toynbee

    History is a vision of God's creation on the move.

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