If I had been elected president in 1948 history would be vastly different. I believe we would have stemmed the growth of Big Government which had begun with the New Deal and culminated with the Great Society.
For most of our history Americans enjoyed both liberty and security from foreign threats.
There is nothing glorious about what our ancestors call history. It is simply a succession of mistakes intolerances and violations.
This is a good time to ask apologists for the Islamic regime who degrades Islam? Who imposes stoning forced marriage of underage girls and flogging for not wearing the veil? Do such practices represent Iran's ancient history and culture its ethnic and religious diversity? Its centuries of sensual and subversive poetry?
What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities because you have people who don't want to study the social sciences because it's not profitable and now Newt as the highest-paid historian in American history may be an encouragement to people to study history.
History offers no evidence for the proposition that the assignment of women to military combat jobs is the way to win wars improve combat readiness or promote national security.
In the history of America we've never had an energy plan. We don't even realize the resources we have available to us.
For all history up to the end of the Cold War summit meetings were historic and dramatic occasions when leaders who controlled the destiny of much of the world met to change the world.
The issue of civil rights was too much for the establishment to handle. One of the chapters of history that's least studied by historians is the 300 to 500 riots in the U.S. between 1965 and 1970.
Nixon's full term was one of the most successful in U.S. history which is why he was re-elected by the largest plurality in the country's history.
How do you make any sense of history art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
It would be incredibly presumptuous and self-serving of me to believe that Facebook was the end of history. The only way it could possibly be the end of history is if it becomes some sort of artificial super intelligence that takes over the world.
Sending Paris Hilton to jail for being the most loathed celeprosy lesion in the history of the species seems like a happening idea at first - forty-five days at Century Regional Detention Center is so the new thirty days at Promises Malibu! But it sets a dangerous precedent to jail celebs just because someone hates them.
Rupert Murdoch is probably the most successful media proprietor and operator in history.
It's incredible to have been part of fashion history - my whole career has been one big highlight.
Last year I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was over 50 Caucasian thin small-framed and I have it in my genetic history. It was almost a slam-dunk.
Film is the manipulative medium par excellence. When you think back on the history of film and the 20th century you see the propaganda that's been made. So there are moral demands on the director to treat the spectators as seriously as he or she takes himself and not to see them merely as victims that can be manipulated to whatever ends they have.
The history of Wall Street is inseparable from New York.
If we got into a situation where people start burning our records then bring it on. That's the whole point. The gloaming has begun. We're in the darkness. This has happened before. Go read some history.
Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history.
I feel like I'm part of history being made. I leave Apple board meetings thinking 'I've got to do a better job.'
I have behind me not only the splendid traditions and the annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire of societies old and new of lands and races different in history and origins but all by God's Will united in spirit and in aim.
While history never repeats itself political patterns do.
When it comes to true humility in the face of history nothing beats complete silence.
Time and time again history has proved that the conservatives are right and the liberals are wrong.
Just touching that old tree was truly moving to me because when you touch these trees you have such a sense of the passage of time of history. It's like you're touching the essence the very substance of life.
Our history is that we can very aggressively if necessary and openly and democratically discuss our differences. We have a democratic history in which we come together and vote on these things.
Right around the end of the fifties college students and young people in general began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country - this music contained the real history of the people of this country.
With copious evidence ranging from Plato's haughtiness to Beethoven's tirades we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot.
But whenever history is in the making there's some kind of intangible feeling.
Meditation while walking has a long noble history in ancient spiritual disciplines.
I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women's history.
Why shouldn't rap be esoteric able to take in current events history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment - that rappers because they're black can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence.
Never in our country's history have we witnessed a natural disaster that has impacted so many people in such a wide area. In fact as of the writing of this column millions of people along the Gulf Coast have been displaced from their homes in a period of only five days.
Since I was there in the very beginning I know the history of the characters. So I make comments about the tone and sometimes remind the writers that we've done that before.
I am trying to make clear through my writing something which I believe: that biography- history in general- can be literature in the deepest and highest sense of that term.
The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
If you listen to Giuliani it's like nobody did anything to improve the city except him. I'm not part of the history. Bloomberg's not part of the history. It's like he did it. He's the only one. That's why he's a little crazy.
Helplessness induces hopelessness and history attests that loss of hope and not loss of lives is what decides the issue of war.
We decry violence all the time in this country but look at our history. We were born in a violent revolution and we've been in wars ever since. We're not a pacific people.
I'm so intrigued by women throughout history where the significance of what they were representing at that time is obscured by the fact a man saved them or they were prostitutes.
And History will smile to think that this is the species for which Socrates and Jesus Christ died.
We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice.
Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history.
Those nations have a very great responsibility at this juncture of the world's affairs for by throwing their joint weight into the scales of history on the right side they may tip the balance decisively in favour of peace.
The more the history of the World War and what led up to it is studied the more clearly those tragic years become revealed as a vast collapse of civilization.
The main essentials of a successful prime minister are sleep and a sense of history.
World history is tragic.
In a country like France so ancient their history is full of outstanding people so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
We've been a country that's been fortunate to be protected by two oceans to not have serious attacks on our territory for most of our history. And we were unfortunately reminded in a very devastating way of our vulnerability.
Throughout this country's history there have of course been systematic efforts to create an official underclass.
I think there was a revolution in poetry associated chiefly with Eliot and Pound but maybe it is of the nature of revolutions or of the nature of history that their innovations should later come to look trivial or indistinguishable from technical tricks.
History is one of those marvelous and necessary illusions we have to deal with. It's one of the ways of dealing with our world with impossible generalities which we couldn't live without.
I'm not sure history has ended.
Macon has such a rich musical history - and the state of Georgia as well.
I have a long-standing history of respecting artists' wishes.
You have to be there not for the fame and glory and recognition and being a page in a history book but you have to be there because you believe your talent and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft.
Of course the Republicans have long wanted to privatize Social Security and destroy it. But Social Security has been the most important and valuable social program in the history of the United States.
I must admit maybe I am a piece of history after all.
Life doesn't just happen it's constructed through the history of power. And that's something I am interested in and so is the art world: a world that's trying to engage socially with a leftist slant to work out how we got here.
I am intrigued by inanimate objects. They're a piece of history someone's statement and ideas of life.
The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history.
I'm the fourth generation to be in show business. It's pretty neat it's nice to have that family history.
If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything it is that peace does not follow disarmament - disarmament follows peace.
To this wonderful page in our country's history another more glorious still will be added and the slave shall show at last to his free brothers a sharpened sword forged from the links of his fetters.
I know every note in every song the whole history of it even parts that were there and are gone.
With our knowledge of modern-day genetics we realize that it was possible for God to place the potential for all people throughout history into the genes of Adam and Eve when He created them.
God has never in the history of mankind allowed his name to go long offended.
There's a difference between knowing what's on the page in a history book and actually feeling that page have curves and valleys.
Watch the History Channel if you want it literal and historically perfect.
I think there's a lot of deep-rooted history in England with racing. Lots of Formula One teams are based there. Formula One is obviously a huge sport over in England and Europe.
It was one of those great miracles of history that they managed to smuggle an Enigma machines out to Britain just before they were invaded by the Nazis.
In Thailand's history there have been dissensions from time to time but in general unity has prevailed.
The 4th Amendment and the personal rights it secures have a long history. At the very core stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion.
If I had a choice as to my perfect career I would make a couple of films a year and then concentrate on natural history.
From a reality perspective I'm sure part of that is true but this is the largest blackout in U.S. history. If that is not a signal that we have got a problem that needs to be fixed I don't know what is.
When history is erased people's moral values are also erased.
I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie would not take terrible advantage of her so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor - which is why I made the male lead an astronaut. The rest as they say is history.
I don't know the history of my sport. I'm not like those people who know everything.
Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present incorporated into daily life.
All through history there have always been movements where business was not just about the accumulation of proceeds but also for the public good.
All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.
To those who have chosen the profession of medicine a knowledge of chemistry and of some branches of natural history and indeed of several other departments of science affords useful assistance.
Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.
If history is any indication all truths will eventually turn out to be false.
History can never be covered up.
Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history positive change was done by optimists.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
It created a global platform that allowed more people to plug and play collaborate and compete share knowledge and share work than anything we have ever seen in the history of the world.
Gay writers now have both a sense of history and the fables that allows them to dwell in the realms of the ridiculous and at the same time talk seriously about things.
All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which in turn can become history. It's scary.
A handful of works in history have had a direct impact on social policy: one or two works of Dickens some of Zola 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and in modern drama Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart.'
The general consensus among historians among the ones who can handle the fact that 'Lincoln' is in fact historical fiction is that we demonstrate enormous fidelity to history and that beyond that we've actually contributed a line of thinking about Lincoln's presidency that's somewhat original.
Accuracy is paramount in every detail of a work of history. Here's my rule: Ask yourself 'Did this thing happen?' If the answer is yes then it's historical. Then ask 'Did this thing happen precisely this way?' If the answer is yes then it's history if the answer is no not precisely this way then it's historical drama.
Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.
Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
'Days' has always been strong as an icon in TV history and it's still going on strong and represents the genre of daytime drama so well. I'm proud to be a part of it.
More people have more access to more readers for less money than ever before in history. It means a lot of dross but it means a lot of very talented people can find and nurture a readership in ways that were not possible twenty years ago. From a creative perspective that is all that writing is about.
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first and deadly afterwards.
Secretly I'm a real big nerd. I'd rather stay home and play Scrabble than go to a Hollywood party any day of the week. And I love reading about history and watching the Discovery Channel.
The great drama of Russian history has been between its state and society. Put simply Russia has always had too much state and not enough society.
In man - in the history of mankind this has happened many times and occupation leaders hang on to the land that they're occupying. People fight to liberate their land. But in the end the people's will is what achieves victory.
The UK is not going to leave the European Union. Of course not. We are inextricably wound up with Europe. In terms of culture history and geography we are a European nation.
My mother whom I love dearly has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce step-children dysfunction and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction.
I don't have a long family history of good cooks in my family.
My father was my main influence. He was a preacher but he was also a history and political science teacher and since he was my hero I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.
Life is a wonderful thing to talk about or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
I don't want to go negative on Franklin Delano Roosevelt but he didn't pass an economic deal in the first 100 days. We have passed the largest Recovery Act in the history of the country.
Everybody knows they're on the Obama team: There isn't vice presidential vs. presidential division there's not a generational pull. People have internalized that this is a real moment in history.
The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident.
I don't want to get home from work and wonder if I could have done better if I didn't go out that night. What you're doing is going to go on the big screen and go down in history.
Given political history in Chile it seemed to me that there was a critical task of consolidating a democracy and creating healthy civic-military and political-military relationships.
But it's because we have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history that we had. We have to dig deeper and we have to do much more in order to be seen and to be spotted.
We have a harder way to succeed in life as Serbs because of the past that we had and because of the history we had.
The history of our country is cruel. We have to face those issues or should I say we had to. Not anymore I hope because we are going in the right direction and we are ready to forgive ready to move on.
Serbian history tells that the family is the most important thing and you have to stick with the family.
Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry.
It took a while for me to grasp that my colleagues believe I have made an impact on the history of cinema.
Part of what I enjoy about the theatre and acting is that sense of history.
I'll watch any show on the History Channel.
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own it simply erases your own experience in history.
Irish fiction is full of secrets guilty pasts divided identities. It is no wonder that there is such a rich tradition of Gothic writing in a nation so haunted by history.
Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason I'm optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history.
It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole rather than being confined to the domestic sphere.
History is full of people who went to prison or were burned at the stake for proclaiming their ideas. Society has always defended itself.
The study of history and philosophy accompanied by some acquaintance with art and literature should be for lawyers and engineers as well as for those who study in arts faculties.
When great changes occur in history when great principles are involved as a rule the majority are wrong.
If history philosophy and so on vanish from academic life what they leave in their wake may be a technical training facility or corporate research institute. But it will not be a university in the classical sense of the term and it would be deceptive to call it one.
The '80s were fabulous. The '90s sucked and the '70s were just a sad sad time in human history. Go 1980s! There's something that's just so cute about that time. And not just yellow nail polish and 'I'm a loner.'
The history of mankind is the history of ideas.
We are a big country with lots of advantages and history. We are proud to be French. We have to call on patriotism at this time... to ask for an effort in the battle against debt.
Strip malls are history.
China has all the advantages in the world. But it doesn't have a history of free thinking risk-taking pioneers - the kind of people the U.S. is built upon.
That's history. I say history because it happened in the past.
History has not dealt kindly with the aftermath of protracted periods of low risk premiums.
Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it.
I think you can learn from history.
History is littered with wars which everybody knew would never happen.
Our culture's obsession with vintage objects has rendered us unable to separate history from nostalgia. People want heart. They want a chaser of emotion with their aesthetics.
If you read about Mussolini or Stalin or some of these other great monsters of history they were at it all the time that they were getting up in the morning very early. They were physically very active. They didn't eat lunch.
Everything was going my way. I was happily marching into the history books. Then it all just fell apart.
In human history the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated.
The Deep South has a completely different history both good and bad that is fascinating for everybody. It makes people work together who usually don't and that sounds like a cliche in so many ways but it actually happened... and it happened because of a beautiful idea.
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions at certain stages of history perpetuate and produce such a deficit and even threaten human survival.
People don't always realize that my parents shared a sense of intellectual curiosity and a love of reading and of history.
It seems disingenuous to ask a writer why she or he is writing about a violent subject when the world and history are filled with violence.