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A friend of mine who writes history books said to me that he thought that the two creatures most to be pitied were the spider and the novelist – their lives hanging by a thread spun out of their own guts. But in some ways I think writers of fiction are the creatures most to be envied, because who else besides the spider is allowed to take that fragile thread and weave it into a pattern? What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it to create some semblance of order. – Katherine Paterson

A good writer preserves an air of freedom in his prose, so that the reader won’t know how a story will end – even if he’s reading a history book. – Thornton Wilder

A promise, a bond, a joy, a love for the ages, for the history books.…But what was love but pain? – Melissa de la Cruz

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According to energy medicine, we are all living history books. Our bodies contain our histories- every chapter, line and verse of every event and relationship in our lives. As our lives unfold, our biological health becomes a living, breathing biographical statement that conveys our strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears. – Caroline Myss

All my life, I never believed most things I read in history books and a lot of things I learned in school. But now I’ve found I don’t have the right to make a judgment on someone based on something I’ve read. I don’t have the right to judge anything. That’s the lesson I’ve learned – Kurt Cobain

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. – Moliere

All the proliferating falsifications of what I and everyone I know experienced once in what it is now so convenient to call the “fifties” or “sixties,” as if life was really measured or lived in arbitrary decades, when the history books are sold like comix. – Lester Bangs

America is a melting pot for all different groups of people, historically. And it’s rare that the story of all of these people will be told in the history books. So I always felt I had to find out my history for myself and research my roots. – Nas

And the history books forgot about us, and the bible didn’t mention us – Regina Spektor

And when I look at a history book and think of the imaginative effort it has taken to squeeze this oozing world between two boards and typeset, I am astonished. Perhaps the event has an unassailable truth. God saw it. God knows. But I am not God. And so when someone tells me what they heard or saw, I believe them, and I believe their friend who also saw, but not in the same way, and I can put these accounts together and I will not have a seamless wonder but a sandwich laced with mustard of my own. – Jeanette Winterson

Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It’s very embarrassing. – A. Whitney Brown

Anyone can tell you that how you’re raised as a child has a great deal to do with how you behave as an adult and whether you have complexes or whether you need to prove yourself or all that kind of stuff and yet the mother in a traditional family who has raised a child never makes it in the history books. – Rita Dove

Art needs to be socialised, and you need a lot of context to understand that, and that doesn’t mean having read a few art history books. – Peter M. Brant

As a young man, I was very interested in how people lived in earlier times; how they got from place to place, lighted their homes, cooked their meals and so on. So I went to the history books. Well, I could find out all about kings and presidents; but I could learn nothing of their everyday lives. So I decided that history is bunk. – Henry Ford

As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own. Besides being one of America’s greatest explorers, Neil carried himself with a grace and humility that was an example to us all. When President Kennedy challenged the nation to send a human to the moon, Neil Armstrong accepted without reservation. As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. – Charles Bolden

As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them, remembered for taking humankind’s first small step on a world beyond our own. – Charles Bolden

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As the great philosopher George Santayana would have said, ‘those who cannot remember the past . . . should simply read Jan Van Meter’s Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.’ Van Meter’s greatest hits collection of slogans is the catchiest ever retelling of American history. It’s like the greatest minds of Madison Avenue sat down to write a history book. They don’t make sound bites like they used to! – Mo Rocca

As you go down the rabbit hole of reading into our history, you realize that there are so many things that history books didn’t teach us about ourselves. – Usher

As you grow older and young people come up to you with their history books, you realize that some of the things I have been able to do have been impactful. But for me, I try to keep everything in perspective and stay humble. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

At times there seems to be a million ideas worth painting. However, there are days when it’s a challenge to pull any idea together. On these days I go to my studio, leaf through an art history book, and tell myself that I am part of this great tradition. – James Dean

Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2) Advising the President. 3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin. – David Letterman

Be lord of a day, through wisdom and justice, and you can put up your history books. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Being president means leaving one’s name in the history book of which few men are authors. It is my fortune to be blessed with a proud name, one that parents will employ for generations to instill the values of honesty, independence, and above all, courage in their sons. – Grover Cleveland

Boys forget what their country means by just reading “the land of the free” in history books. Then they get to be men, they forgeteven more. Liberty’s too precious a thing to be buried in books. – Sidney Buchman

But if we come back, if German men come back, if British men come back, and Japs, and French, and all the other men, all of us talking, writing, painting, making movies of heroes, and cockroaches and foxholes and blood, then future generations will always be doomed to future Hitlers. It’s never occurred to boys to have contempt for wars, to point to soldiers’ pictures in history books, laughing at them. If German boys had learned to be contemptuous of violence, Hitler would have had to take up knitting to keep his ego warm. – J. D. Salinger

But nothing is solid and permanent. Our lives are raised on the shakiest foundations. You don’t need to read history books to know that. You only have to know the history of your own life. – Ron Rash

But really, for me, I tried to find first-person accounts. I tried to read stories from men and women who had survived slavery because it’s different when you hear it from their mouths instead of reading it from a history book. – Jurnee Smollett

But sometimes you can’t figure everything out because you can’t ever really understand other people. You can’t understand why they do what they do. You just have to accept a little mystery, Ben. People are mysterious, the world is mysterious. You can’t know everything. You’re not supposed to. This isn’t a history book. It’s just the world. It’s a messy place. – William Landay

But the participants [in war] never forgot the details of their experience, and like the Wandering Jew, they were condemned to remain their own history books, each containing a story they could not pass on to others and from which no one would learn anything of value. – James Lee Burke

Coolidge was a pragmatist. He didn’t start out with a tax theory. But he observed over time that lower tax rates sometimes brought in extra revenue. The success of his and Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon’s experiment with rate cuts has been obscured by our modern history books. – Amity Shlaes

Don’t be shocked when your history book mentions me. – Lin-Manuel Miranda

During the Depression, or back when we were fighting Hitler, people didn’t have time to sue a company if the coffee was too hot. There were urgent, pressing problems. If you think you have it tough, read history books. – Bill Maher

Every woman should have a daughter to tell her stories to. Otherwise, the lessons learned are as useless as spare buttons from a discarded shirt. And all that is left is a fading name and the shape of a nose or the color of hair. The men who write the history books will tell you the stories of battles and conquests. But the women will tell you the stories of people’s hearts. – Karen White

Every word I say, you can document it and put it in the history books. – Riff Raff

Everything was going my way. I was happily marching into the history books. Then it all just fell apart. – George Michael

history books quotes

Fortunately, I come from an activist mother, so I didn’t have to rely on the history books. The history books teach us nothing about the Underground Railroad aside from Harriet Tubman. So I knew more about it but, obviously, I had to dig deeper and expand my knowledge and do a lot of research once I took this project on. I had, like, a good two months to research before we started shooting, which isn’t a lot, and I continued it throughout the five months of us shooting. – Jurnee Smollett

Happy the People whose Annals are blank in History Books! – Thomas Carlyle

He [Michael Jackson] would choose specific moments. They were art history books that I prefer. They were paintings that he prefers. It’s this dance back and forth. We were halfway through the dance. He died. – Kehinde Wiley

Herman Cain was unaware that China is a nuclear power. And I said to myself, ‘Hey, Herman, how about making an unwanted advance on a history book?’ – David Letterman

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. – Anatole France

History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon? – Dan Brown

History is written by winners, so most history books are about people who win. – Harold S. Kushner

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I am not one to generalize, but cartoonists, as a group, exhibit a level of social sophistication generally associated with pie fights. In high school, when the future lawyers were campaigning for class president, the future cartoonists were painstakingly altering illustrations in their history books so that Robert E. Lee appeared to be performing an illegal act with his horse. – Dave Barry

I came back to this idea of telling the stories of women who aren’t in all of the history books. Their names are not up there next to male names that we’ve know since we were little kids. Ching Shih, for example, was a pirate commander from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. She was one of the most fearsome pirates, why is her name not included when we list the names of great pirates like Blackbeard? – Anita Sarkeesian

I find that the history books that we teach our kids with are not fully truthful, in my opinion. – Jesse Ventura

I just read history books. I read nothing but history books. They have so much to give; I wish I’d majored in history in college. – James McBride

I just wanted to be the first one to fly for America, not because I’d end up in the pages of history books. – Alan Shepard

i keep drinking the ink from my pen and i’m balancing history books up on my head but it all boils down to one quotable phrase if you love something give it away – Conor Oberst

I knew always that Holland gave away the most Jews of all the countries. We are not the heroes that are in the history books. – Carice van Houten

I know that I’m already in the history books and that people are going to remember me as the prisoner of war and the fabricated stories, but you know, to me I was just another soldier over there doing my job. – Jessica Lynch

I love fiction because in fiction you go into the thoughts of people, the little people, the people who were defeated, the poor, the women, the children that are never in history books. – Isabel Allende

I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially to the extent to which it has been applied, will be one of the greatest jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity it has. – Malcolm Muggeridge

I only know two cats in this business that really had it all; Elvis was one of those guys, the other was Ricky Nelson. There was a difference in those two guys though. Elvis moved…Ricky never had to; he stood flat footed and captivated his audience with his good looks. We grew up with him; those who didn’t missed something. History books are gonna have to say that he played a big role in Rock ‘n’ Roll music…. and he did it his way. – Carl Perkins

I read all the time… I read a lot of history books. – Mickey Spillane

I read daft history books. Sometimes the books I read are a bit crackers or strange. – Mark E. Smith

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I really couldn’t say how famous I really am, that’s for the history books to decide. But I’ll probably be pretty up there. – Zach Braff

I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I’ll pull that ’80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings. – Katy Perry

I started work on my first French history book in 1969; on ‘Socialism in Provence’ in 1974; and on the essays in Marxism and the French Left in 1978. Conversely, my first non-academic publication, a review in the ‘TLS’, did not come until the late 1980s, and it was not until 1993 that I published my first piece in the ‘New York Review.’ – Tony Judt

I suppose I ought to think up some dramatic, quotable phrase for Public Information and the history books, but I’m damned if any of them come to mind. Besides, admitting the truth wouldn’t sound too good. The truth, Russell, is that now the moment’s here, I’m scared shitless. Somehow I don’t think even Public Information could turn that into good copy. – David Weber

I suppose, as a politician, I should be content, for the Canada Pension Plan certainly put my name in Canada’s history books, and in italics. – Judy LaMarsh

I think basically what The American People is about is that we’ve been here from the very beginning, and that has never ever been acknowledged in the history books. John Winthrop wasn’t off the boat ten seconds before he passes a law that homosexuals should be hanged. And then he hung ’em, including an attempt to hang his own son when he found out he was gay. – Kevin Sessums

I think it’s despicable. I also think it’s frightening that we seem to live through history over and over again. And I don’t know if I’m the only one. I feel like, when you read through history books, you always judge those people in that time. – Trevor Noah

I think of an intellectual as just being bookish, being interested in history books, utopian ideas, that kind of thing. – Richard Rorty

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