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History Quotes

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

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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