History

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

Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas.

The meaning of life is wrapped up in what will remain after we depart. The meaning of life is to help create a better future... The meaning of life is to be mindful of the past - to always remember - in order to make certain that history’s atrocities are not repeated again and that justice will win.

The history of Christendom would have been far happier if we all had remembered one rule of intelligence - not to believe a thing more strongly at the end of a bitter argument than at the beginning, not to believe it with the energy of the opposition rather than one's own.

We are not only pleased, but turned, by a feather. the history of man is a calendar of straws. “If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter,” said Pascal, in his brilliant way, “Antony might have kept the world.”

Truth is the only merit that gives dignity and worth to history.

No ruling class in the whole of history has given up power voluntarily and I don't see that changing.

Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.

Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.

Only through human freedom and responsibility are history and salvation able to fulfill themselves.

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first and deadly afterwards.

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterward.

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

History is a graveyard of classes which have preferred caste privileges to leadership.

History is chaos and every attempt to interpret it otherwise is an illusion.

[When asked if he could summarize the lessons of history] 1. Whom the gods destroy, they first make mad with power. 2. The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceedingly small. 3. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. 4. When it is dark enough, you can see all the stars.

History tells us that the pendulum of time is sweeping to extremes of subjectivism, to cults of selfishness and savage irresponsibility. We must bring it back to balance by taking up the burdens of mankind as our own, with an entirely new vision and confidence. And we must do this perhaps as a condition for continued existence itself.

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

Life goes at such a terrific pace--a few years full of youth and grace and then you fall flat on your face before world history.

History is the record of what one age finds worthy of note in another.