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Old 03-18-2011, 01:44 PM   #1
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Favorite historical quotes

Fun thread where we pop down favorite inspiring/interesting/memorable quotes w/context if possible!

"Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself"- FDR's 1st inaugural address. Nice mantra to live by, helps me push myself!
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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"We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."

Ben Franklin on the decision to officially start the revolution against England.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:06 PM   #3
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"We will bury you!"
Nikita Khrushchev
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:25 PM   #4
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"We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."

Ben Franklin on the decision to officially start the revolution against England.
That one is awesome. Never heard it before, probably popular history is a bit to vanilla to popularise something as powerful as this
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
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And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith, 1787
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.

Sir Winston Churchill.

One of many from him, but one of my favorites.
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:09 PM   #7
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Churchill told the Commons, "England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She has chosen shame, and will get war."
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:47 AM   #8
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To be, or not to be: that is the question

By Shakespeare. Incredibly deep, probably the mother of many other quotes.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:53 AM   #9
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" One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic "
Joseph Stalin

"Death solves all problems - no man, no problem."

Joseph Stalin


P.S Sounds a lot darker in russian.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:29 AM   #10
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Man Le Beouf, you're really on a roll with these threads lately


"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."

-Joseph Stalin
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:51 AM   #11
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" One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic "
Joseph Stalin

"Death solves all problems - no man, no problem."

Joseph Stalin


P.S Sounds a lot darker in russian.
Hate to be a nit, but there's no record of him saying the first one, and the second is from a novel.

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In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:36 PM   #12
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"The truth shall set you free"

the bible
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #13
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There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.
Otto von Bismarck


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Old 03-19-2011, 02:29 PM   #14
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Hate to be a nit, but there's no record of him saying the first one, and the second is from a novel.
Second was attributed to him way before that novel was published. Although, i admit it is a questionable excuse since that novel was published 20-30 odd years after it was written.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #15
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Second was attributed to him way before that novel was published. Although, i admit it is a questionable excuse since that novel was published 20-30 odd years after it was written.
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In his later book The Novel of Memories Rybakov has admitted that he made the quotation up.
I guess he might be lying; it is a pretty cool line. The novel was in samizdat circulation since the sixties.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:40 PM   #16
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A nice thought...

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The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.
The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, FEDERALIST No. 68
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:56 PM   #17
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"Let a hundred flowers blossom"


by chairman Mao. Wish heŽd followed that quote himself.
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:49 AM   #18
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Fun thread where we pop down favorite inspiring/interesting/memorable quotes w/context if possible!

"Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself"- FDR's 1st inaugural address. Nice mantra to live by, helps me push myself!
"In truth nothing is fearful but fear itself."
Francis Bacon
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:17 AM   #19
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Re: Favorite historical quotes

Just came across this one; pretty relevant to the history fourm-
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana

Is it true though?
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:52 AM   #20
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Just came across this one; pretty relevant to the history fourm-
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana

Is it true though?
They also condemned to repeat it even if they do remember the past...and if not them then someone else
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:03 PM   #21
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Interesting quote:


How fortunate for governments that the people they administer do not think. -Adolf Hitler

Also translated: How fortunate for leaders that people do not think.


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Old 03-21-2011, 04:35 AM   #22
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A few 'Bushisms'...this guy never failed to make me chuckle


"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." --Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

"Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." --Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:42 AM   #23
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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
-Thomas Edison

"All you need is love" -The Beatles of course

And one that I wrote on a notepad a couple of weeks ago and rewrote on a fresh piece of paper about 2 hours ago to further stick it into my head:

"Do each action with a conscious effort and be engaged in what you are doing, from playing basketball to taking out the garbage." -Phil Jackson
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:22 PM   #24
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Historical quotes please. Not personal mottoes, song lyrics, witticisms, epigraphs, philosophical aphorisms. Otherwise, prepare to be flooded by a thousand pretty things I've memorized to give myself the shivers at will.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:46 PM   #25
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Historical quotes please. Not personal mottoes, song lyrics, witticisms, epigraphs, philosophical aphorisms. Otherwise, prepare to be flooded by a thousand pretty things I've memorized to give myself the shivers at will.
HereŽs one that should obey the criteria:
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"Veni, Vidi, Vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered.) is a famous Latin sentence reportedly written by Julius Caesar in 47 BC as a comment on his short war with Pharnaces II of Pontus in the city of Zela (currently known as Zile, in Turkey).
From wiki.
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