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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

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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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I think that every so-called history book and film biography should be prefaced by the statement that what follows is the author’s rendition of events and circumstances. – Barbara Kruger

I truly believe that when the history books are written, our age will be remembered for three things: the war on terror, the digital revolution, and what we did – or did not do – to put the fire out in Africa. History, like God, is watching what we do. – Bono

I went to a white school over here in Mason, Michigan. The white man made the mistake of letting me read his history books. He made the mistake of teaching me that Patrick Henry was a patriot and George Washington – wasn’t nothing non-violent about old Pat or George Washington. – Malcolm X

If I don’t tell it all now, the story in the history books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong. – Christine Keeler

If you read all your history books, there are no women in them. – Caitlin Moran

If you think you have it tough, read history books. – Bill Maher

If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, “There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you’re starting to lose your faith in the general intelligence of the American populous, there’s nothing like them mistaking pop culture for Van Gogh as a sign that people still read their history books and care about art. – Ben Feldman

I’m an expert at killing time on planes now. I do a lot of reading. My secret sort of nerdy side is I’m quite into history so I read a lot of history books. Now I write for a few things and I’ve had a few history things published, which is cool. I indulge my nerdy side and it’s kind of as far away as you can get from the acting world so that’s nice as well. – Jeremy Irvine

I’m not the creative one. I know that. If Rory Storm hadn’t come along… and then The Beatles… I would have continued running around in teddyboy gangs. Today, well… I’d probably be a laborer. I’m glad I’m not, of course. It’ll be nice to be part of history… some sort of history anyway. What I’d like to be is in school history books and be read by kids. – Ringo Starr

In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There’s so much more to the story. – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It became a question of taste. I have a certain taste in art history. And that – I had a huge library of art history books in my studio. And I would simply have the models go through those books with me, and we began a conversation about, like, what painting means, why we do it, why people care about it why or how it can mean or make sense today. – Kehinde Wiley

It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts. – Bill Vaughan

It was like a page torn from a history book, from some historical novel about the captivity of babylon or Spanish Inquisition. – Elie Wiesel

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It was, according to the history books, the fastest coronation since Bubric the Saxon crowned himself with a very pointy crown on a hill during a thunderstorm, and reigned for one and a half seconds. – Terry Pratchett

It’s like saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder: what appears to be beautiful today may not be judged beautiful in a few years. A perfect example is the Warhol ‘Marilyn’; in the 1960s it was deemed garish. 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

It’s funny, when you look back in history books or American cookery books, one of the reasons that the quinces and cranberries are used so often is because of their natural jelling properties. – Alton Brown

It’s in the history books, the Holocaust. It’s just a phrase. And the truth is it happened yesterday. It happened to my mother. I never met my grandfathers or my grandmothers. They were all wiped up in the gas chambers of Nazi Germany. – Gene Simmons

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. – Jean Anouilh

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Most Muggles lived in a world defined by the limits of what you could do with cars and telephones. Even though Muggle physics explicitly permitted possibilities like molecular nanotechnology or the Penrose process for extracting energy from black holes, most people filed that away in the same section of their brain that stored fairy tales and history books, well away from their personal realities: Long ago and far away, ever so long ago. – Eliezer Yudkowsky

My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history. – Ellen Tauscher

No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book. – Ellen Glasgow

Oh, Val,” said Father. “All you have to do is live your life, and everyone around you will be happier.” “No greatness, then.” “Val,” said Mother, “goodness trumps greatness any day.” “Not in the history books,” said Valentine. “Then the wrong people are writing history, aren’t they?” said Father. – Orson Scott Card

On the announcement that signs of extra terrestrial life were found in a meteorite, August 6, 1996 A hundred years from now Bob Dole’s new tax plan will rate a footnote in the history books and this may have a whole chapter in itself. – Richard E. Berendzen

On this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery let us reaffirm the inherent dignity of all men, women and children. And let us redouble our efforts to build societies in which slavery truly is a term for the history books. – Ban Ki-moon

One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting. – C. S. Lewis

People come from all over the world to see this little place they’ve seen in movies and read about in history books: Soho. – Marc Almond

People were, in good faith perhaps, writing history books about the Indian working class, Indian peasantry, et cetera, and at no point did Communists make an entry, not even to be criticized. They were essentially being whitewashed from history. – Vijay Prashad

Pick up any history book, and I suggest you begin with studying the 20th century, and you will find that a large part of the history of our species has all the characteristics we would normally associate with a nightmare or an insane hallucination. – Eckhart Tolle

Politicians against gay marriage now, are the future villains of our American History books. – Natalie Maines

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Remember, it’s the winners write the history books, and the losers get the leavings. – Joanne Harris

Revolutions existed in history, books were written about them, and lectures given: they were complicated phenomena, scientific, remote. While here, the riot of a week ago had turned out to be a real revolution and the shadow of death actually threatened all of us who were of the ruling cast. – Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia

“Since the dawn of time every one will die, Let the history books note my death with loyalty at heart. – Wen Tianxiang”

So here they are, the dog-faced soldiers, the regulars, the fifty-cents-a-day professionals riding the outposts of the nation, from Fort Reno to Fort Apache, from Sheridan to Stark. They were all the same. Men in dirty-shirt blue and only a cold page in the history books to mark their passing. But wherever they rode and whatever they fought for, that place became the United States. – Frank Nugent

Solyndra will be remembered in the history books as a sad hallmark of a newly installed administration that felt it was above the rules, lusting for positive headlines rather than focused on delivering results. – Fred Upton

Some people think that evolutionary psychology claims to have discovered that human nature is selfish and wicked. But they are flattering the researchers and anyone who would claim to have discovered the opposite. No one needs a scientist to measure whether humans are prone to knavery. The question has been answered in the history books, the newspapers, the ethnographic record, and the letters to Ann Landers. But people treat it like an open question, as if someday science might discover that it’s all a bad dream and we will wake up to find that it is human nature to love one another. – Steven Pinker

Television and film are our libraries now. Our history books. – David Strathairn

Thanks to history books, I have realised that people over the years have been dying of war, and that enabled me to realise that there is nothing stupid like war. – Kamal Haasan

The America that never cared or felt guilty about portraying us as undignified people on their television screen, or in some old history book that never stated truthfully the facts of our invasion or the cruelty we had to endure for generations. – Leonard Peltier

The Bible is not a book like any other. It makes a claim that God spoke and speaks through its message. It argues that as his creatures, we are accountable to him for what he has revealed. The trustworthiness of Scripture points to its authority as well. Scripture is far more than a history book, as good and trustworthy as that history is. It is a book that calls us to examine our lives and relationship to God. Beyond the fascinating history, it contains vital and life-transforming truths about God and us. – Darrell Bock

The greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA. – Spencer Wells

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The Holocaust happened in Europe, and that’s important to how it is viewed. Had Europeans done such a thing in the far corners of the earth, rather than on their own doorstep, it might not be mentioned in the history books. – Jamaica Kincaid

The mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction-so tremblingly respectful of states and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people’s movements-that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission. – Howard Zinn

The past is a curious thing. It’s with you all the time. I suppose an hour never passes without your thinking of things that happened ten or twenty years ago, and yet most of the time it’s got no reality, it’s just a set of facts that you’ve learned, like a lot of stuff in a history book. Then some chance sight or sound or smell, especially smell, sets you going, and the past doesn’t merely come back to you, you’re actually IN the past. It was like that at this moment. – George Orwell

The problem is there are people in this country – maybe 10%, I don’t know what the number, maybe 20% on a bad day – who want this President to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t President….They can’t stand the idea that he is President, and a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group. So what? It is the sense that the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is President. – Chris Matthews

The unexpressed aim of every politician is to influence events that history books will record his name – and spell it right. – Judy LaMarsh

The White House used to belong to the American people. At least that’s what I learned from history books and from covering every president starting with John F. Kennedy. – Helen Thomas

There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books. – Charlie Chaplin

There are two kinds of books in the world–the boring kind they make you read in school and the interesting kind that they won’t let you read in school because then they would have to talk about real stuff like sex and divorce and is there a God and if there isn’t then what happens when you die, and how come the history books have so many lies in them. – LouAnne Johnson

There were others, women with stories that were told in a quieter voice: women who hid Jewish children in their homes, putting themselves directly in harm’s way to save others. Too many of them paid a terrible, unimaginable price for their heroism. And like so many women in wartime, they were largely forgotten after the war’s end. There were no parades for them, very few medals, and almost no mention in the history books. – Megan Chance

There will be a wealth of facts revealed and revisited in [Underground] pertaining to Harriet Tubman. That is a huge part of my excitement, the fact that this generation will get such a beautifully-detailed introduction to a hero and icon that has largely lived in a few pages of our history books and in one-dimensional photographs. – Aisha Hinds

There’s a difference between knowing what’s on the page in a history book and actually feeling that page have curves and valleys. – Garth Brooks

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There’s a lot we should be able to learn from history. And yet history proves that we never do. In fact, the main lesson of history is that we never learn the lessons of history. This makes us look so stupid that few people care to read it. They’d rather not be reminded. Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It’s very embarrassing. – A. Whitney Brown

They don’t really focus on that history here in America. I remember growing up as a kid, history class was very washed-over. They didn’t really get into the gritty bits of slavery. It’s a very, very small section in the history books. It’s not something they really touch on directly with American curriculums. – Aldis Hodge

Think of Florence, Paris, London, New York. Nobody visiting them for the first time is a stranger because he’s already visited them in paintings, novels, history books and films. But if a city hasn’t been used by an artist, not even the inhabitants live there imaginatively. – Alasdair Gray

This is where you and I are headed…. Look for us in history books and you’ll find us in the margins. Look for us in legends and you might just find us celebrated – Scott Lynch

Those with a gift for action, for their part, often express contempt for those whose gifts are more reflective. Men of action like to say, Those who can, do, those who cant, teach, forgetting that those who teach get to write the history books. – Michael Ignatieff

Tomorrow is Now… If we act, 2015 can be a year for the history books. It can be the year that we put the world on the path to end extreme poverty; the year we place sustainability at the heart of our future; and the year that we agree that every person should be able to lead a life of dignity and opportunity. – Kathy Calvin

Unless we change our ways and our direction, our greatness as a nation will soon be a footnote in the history books, a distant memory of an offshore island, lost in the mist of time like Camelot, remembered kindly for its noble past. – Margaret Thatcher

We glorify those who left their names in history books at the expense of those contributors about whom our books are silent. We humans are not just a superficial race – we are a very unfair one. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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. – Dick Gregory

What I am trying to say is that it is not without any value. The value of copies is that they can direct us towards the original. I was recently at the Louvre Museum and I was filming people who were viewing the Mona Lisa. I noticed the number of ordinary people, astonished, mouths agape, standing still for long stretches looking at the work, and I wondered, “Where does this come from? Are these people all art connoisseurs?” They are like me; through the years, we’ve seen this work in our schoolbooks or art history books, but when we stand before the original, we hold our breath. – Abbas Kiarostami

What they teach you as history is mythology and true mythology is far from fantasy — it is our true history. A bulk of our real history can be found in Egyptian and Greek mythology. Yes, myths reveal to us worlds of other dimensions that make up our true reality. History books teach us that the minds of the past operated on the same frequency, dimension, or level of consciousness as we do now. Not true at all. – Suzy Kassem

What you believe someone else can or can’t do hasn’t got beans with the doing. Or lack of doing. Just go back through your history books and you’ll discover that just about everything you take for granted today in your daily lives was absolutely impossible not so many years ago. – Martin Caidin

When a history book contains no lies it is always tedious. – Anatole France

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When I was a little boy in Worcestershire reading history books I never thought I should have to interfere between a king and his mistress. – Stanley Baldwin

When I was a teenager, I read the bible cover-to-cover, and I found the Old Testament, it’s a pretty bloody history book. – Billy Bob Thornton

When I was in school, all our history books were American, so we learned American history, not Canadian history. – Dave Foley

When it comes time to default, they’re not going to remember any of the Republicans’ names. They are going to remember in history books one name, and that’s Obama. – Donald Trump

When kids don’t learn about their own heritage in school, they just don’t care about school… But you won’t see it in the history books unless we get the power to write our own history and tell our story ourselves. – Miles Davis

When ‘Midnight’s Children’ came out, people in the West tended to respond to the fantasy elements in the novel, to praise it in those terms. In India, people read it like a history book. – Salman Rushdie

When real substantive change happens it’s the people who watch your show, they’re the ones that make it happen. It’s people whose names are not highlighted in history books. They’re the ones that stand up in their place and time to make change. – Tom Morello

When you realize that your history books and your science books and your literature books are not the result of experts sitting down and making it a wise decision, but of political pressure groups coming to the state textbook hearings, this is wrong. – Diane Ravitch

While I was drawn to the Renaissance, my first (unpublished) novels took place in modern times. When the subject of alchemy started creeping into my stories, an astute mentor observed that the bits about alchemy might fit better in another time frame. When I finally decided to weave the pieces about the medieval science into historical settings, a successful novel began to emerge. (And I dusted off that art history book, and put it to use once again.) – Mary Pope Osborne

White America has seen to it that Black history has been suppressed in schools and in American history books. The bravery of hundreds of our ancestors who took part in slave rebellions has been lost in the mists of time, since plantation owners did their best to prevent any written accounts of uprisings. – Huey Newton

Whites were the winners, blacks were the losers, we wrote the history books, and they didn’t feature. – Phillip Noyce

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Whoever thinks war allows for lasting victories should take a look at European history books and learn their lesson. – Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Whole great chunks of written history are of little value to the psychohistorian, while other vast areas which have been much neglected by historians – childhood history, content analysis of historical imagery, and so on – suddenly expand from the periphery to the center of the psychohistorian’s conceptual world, simply because his or her own new questions require material nowhere to be found in history books. – Lloyd deMause

Why would I talk about the past when I got a bright future? What kind of money is the past gonna make me?Everyone wants to know information. Now, if you wanna know information, if you want history, you’re gonna read a history book. The past ain’t gonna make you no cash. – Riff Raff

You can read it in history books now, but they often suppress the fact that the U.S. government tolerated [Nazi]. It’s really remarkable because they claim that [Franklin] Roosevelt was impeded by the Neutrality Act. On the other hand, he bitterly condemned a Mexican businessman for sending several guns to the Republic. If you look back, oil was the one commodity that [Francisco] Franco could not receive from the Germans and the Italians, so that was quite significant. – Noam Chomsky

You couldn’t always trust the history books. They told a diluted truth, a truth by committee. – Whoopi Goldberg

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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. – Alan Shepard

You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death. – Norma McCorvey

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