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Benjamin C. Bradlee Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Benjamin C. Bradlee.

The history of American politics is littered with bodies
of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.
- Benjamin C. Bradlee

Pick up a stone that feels good to you
and is small enough to hold in one hand.
Consider how long that stone has been around
and what enormous pressure it has experienced.
Draw strength from its long history.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

That great dust-heap called 'history'.
- Augustine Birrell

 

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

The importance of history is in it's
educational value for our lives today,
not in regret, resentment, or revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.
- Gertrude Stein

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

History is a vision of God's creation on the move.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

History is the version of past events
that people have decided to agree upon.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

AN INSPIRED LIFE: I HAVE A CHOICE
My key to living an inspired life involves
Embracing my history,
Understanding the function of expectations
and gently learning to have none;
Recognizing the power of attentive and conscious choices.
In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate
and markets and roadways and others,
I do control myself and my response
to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes,
follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Never doubt that you can change history.
You already have.
- Marge Piercy

It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
- Henry James

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history
rests on something spiritual.
If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history.
If it is weak, it suffers world history.
- Albert Schweitzer

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
- Ted Koppel

For the very first time the young are
seeing history being made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
- Stephen Covey

Everything we say, do, think, and feel
is a product of our personal history
and the collective history of humankind.
Our name for these histories is "prejudice."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
- James A. Baldwin

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are
few originals and many copies.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

A small body of determined spirits
fired by an unquenchable faith
in their mission
can alter the course of history.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive
positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
- Dan Quayle

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

History is more or less bunk.
- Henry Ford

History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.
- Konrad Adenauer

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

Human history becomes more and more a race between
education and catastrophe.
- H. G. Wells

Who has fully realized that history
is not contained in thick books
but lives in our very blood?
- Carl Jung

Why should we honour those that die upon the field
of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in
entering into the abyss of himself.
- William Butler Yeats

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
- George Will

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak,
not the right to spend.
- Byron White

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Time is my greatest enemy.
- Evita Peron

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace,
irrespective of race, religion and political convictions,
for the benefit of mankind.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch

God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
- Samuel Butler

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.
- Harry S. Truman

The very ink with which all history
is written is merely fluid prejudice.
- Mark Twain

Russians can give you arms but only the United States can give you a solution.
- Anwar Sadat

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.
- H. L. Mencken

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.
- Lance Morrow

World War II was the last government program that really worked.
- George Will

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried
out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror.
They were acts of war.
- George W. Bush

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

We learned the value of research in World War II.
- Amar Bose

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

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
- Mao Tse-Tung

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

History is written by the victors.
- Winston Churchill

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive
unless you take account of people's attitudes.
After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.
- Prince Charles

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a
judge that Nixon wants back.
- William O. Douglas


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