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Quote Left History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Quote Right
Quote Left The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. Quote Right
Quote Left The success of the first two releases confirms that SAW is a franchise that will continue to have legs for a very long time. The movies combine action, suspense and gore while taking us into the mind of one of the most memorable madmen in horror movie history. While the success at the box office gave SAW II momentum for its home video release, we also ensured that it stood out at retail with unique packaging and an extensive marketing and promotional campaign. With the Valentine's Day opening, we were able to pull out all the stops on a unique overall marketing program that gave the release great visibility leading up to street date. Quote Right
Quote Left The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. Quote Right
Quote Left History is a cyclic poem written by Time upon the memories of man. Quote Right
Quote Left All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world. Quote Right
Quote Left The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. Quote Right
Quote Left As industrial technology advances and enlarges, and in the process assumes greater social, economic, and political force, it carries people away from where they belong by history, culture, deeds, association and affection. Quote Right
Quote Left The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left History leaves no doubt that among of the most regrettable crimes committed by human beings have been committed by those human beings who thought of themselves as civilized. What, we must ask, does our civilization possess that is worth defending? One thing worth defending, I suggest, is the imperative to imagine the lives of beings who are not ourselves and are not like ourselves: animals, plants, gods, spirits, people of other countries, other races, people of the other sex, places and enemies. Quote Right
Quote Left The mystic prophets of the absolute cannot save us. Sustained by our history and traditions, we must save ourselves, at whatever risk of heresy or blasphemy. We can find solace in the memorable representation of the human struggle against the absolute in the finest scene in the greatest of American novels. I refer of course to the scene when Huckleberry Finn decides that the '' plain hand of Providence '' requires him to tell Miss Watson where her runaway slave Jim is to be found. Huck writes his letter of betrayal to Miss Watson and feels '' all washed clean of sin for the first time I had ever felt so in my life, and I knowed I could pray now. '' He sits there for a while thinking '' how good it was all this happened so, and how near I come to being lost and going to hell .'' Then Huck begins to think about Jim and the rush of the great river and the talking and the singing and the laughing and friendship. '' Then I happened to look around and see that paper. . . . I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: 'All right, then, I'll go to hell' - and tore it up .'' Quote Right
Quote Left Not a single star will be left in the night. The night will not be left. I will die and, with me, the weight of the intolerable universe. I shall erase the pyramids, the medallions, the continents and faces. I shall erase the accumulated past. I shall make dust of history, dust of dust. Now I am looking on the final sunset. I am hearing the last bird. I bequeath nothingness to no one. Quote Right
Quote Left The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. Quote Right
Quote Left Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time. Quote Right
Quote Left The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka. Quote Right
Quote Left Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant. Quote Right
Quote Left I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world. Quote Right
Quote Left We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. Quote Right
Quote Left I should like you to remember two or three fixed principles which shine through all the history of mankind. The first is that mere bigness is not greatness. There is no dignity, no nobleness, in mere bulk. The true greatness of a nation depends upon the character of its ethical ideal and the energy with which it pursues it. I count it a peculiar good fortune for the American nation that it was conceived in liberty and intelligence and swaddled in order and justice, and that its early years were watched over by men who saw in such an organization the best hopes of the human race. But the baptism of the fathers does not guarantee the consecration of their children; and the republic can be kept true to its ideals only by the devoted efforts of each succeeding generation. Thus is it the privilege of the quiet scholar, who sees and speaks the truth, to shape from his study the policy of nations and the course of history. Quote Right
Quote Left The present-day mentality, more perhaps than that of people in the past, seems opposed to a God of mercy, and in fact tends to exclude from life and to remove from the human heart the very idea of mercy. The word and the concept of 'mercy' seem to cause uneasiness in man, who, thanks to the enormous development of science and technology, never before known in history, has become master of the earth and has subdued and dominated it. This dominion over the earth, sometimes understood in a one-sided and superficial way, seems to leave no room for mercy.... Quote Right
Quote Left History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it. Quote Right
Quote Left The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others -- this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world's peoples. Quote Right
Quote Left The common good of a collective -- a race, a class, a state -- was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism? Does the fault lie in men's hypocrisy or in the nature of the principle? The most dreadful butchers were the most sincere. The believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad. Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose. It was accepted that man must be sacrificed for other men. Actors change, but the course of the tragedy remains the same. A humanitarian who starts with the declarations of love for mankind and ends with a sea of blood. It goes on and will go on so long as men believe that an action is good if it is unselfish. That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it. The leaders of collectivist movements ask nothing of themselves. But observe the results. Quote Right
Quote Left I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers at their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever knows. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest. Quote Right
Quote Left By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again -- and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another's and each obeying its own law. Quote Right
Quote Left All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual. Quote Right
Quote Left At this time in American history, we are like ghosts talking gibberish through different dimensions, and stupid men do not make good make good... Quote Right
Quote Left ...Women's Studies can amount simply to compensatory history; too often they fail to challenge the intellectual and political structures that ... Quote Right
Quote Left It is a commonplace that the history of civilisation is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by the bourgeoisie has been pointed out over and over again. And though I have no doubt exceptions can be brought forward, I think the following rule would be found to be generally true that ages in which the dominant weapon is expensive or difficult to make will be ages of despotism, whereas when the dominant weapon is cheap and simple, the common people have a chance. Thus, for example, tanks, battleships and bombing planes are inherently tyrannical weapons, while rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. A complex weapon makes the strong stronger, while a simple weapon --so long as there is no answer to it-- gives claws to the weak. Quote Right
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Quote Left History must not be forgotten, or the reality of it changed. Quote Right
Quote Left History might not be pretty, but it needs to be remembered. Quote Right
Quote Left To unite Africa, you must erase the history of slavery and the slave masters among them Quote Right
Quote Left "Forget the past you say, Leave it all behind you" "To hell with that notion, mistakes are our most inexhaustible source of lessons to learn from, besides that, why would all the countries of the world record history if not to learn from their past" Quote Right
Quote Left They fought against monarchy, against racism, against poverty. They fought world wars. They fought for equality.. It's our time now. They passed on the baton to each and every one of us. They're not to be limited to history books and wikipedia pages. They're to be followed. Look around. Do your bit. They said 'Be the change you wish to see'. Quote Right
Quote Left History is a record of being of the right mind-set, in the right place, at the right moment. Quote Right
Quote Left Socialism is about indoctrination, not education. It is acceptable to rewrite history & embellish for socialist agenda justification. Quote Right
Quote Left "History maybe written by the " A " Makers, but it is made by the Risk Takers. " Quote Right
Quote Left I too want my name in a history book but not as an idiot! Quote Right
Quote Left Unlike yours was their life, so remember thee. It's a small thing to do for you and me. We that live now should know our existence is simple. The lessons of history are what make our lifetime peaceful. We who are now alive and don't face that fate should pay tribute to past generations for doing something that we would hate. The life of luxury of which we know no different, is why you should respect the past as the past is significant. Quote Right
Quote Left History is the only subject that offers an education in all subjects. Yet many believe it to be useless and in doing so ignore it, subsequently repeating mistakes that could have been avoided with a little knowledge of history. The path of evolution can only go forward if the path of history is known. Quote Right
Quote Left When Europe was desperate for Freedom Britain saved Europe by standing alone, taking a battering and plunging itself into the largest financial debt in history. When Britain wants its Freedom from Europe the E.U demands a fortune and tries to take advantage anyway possible. France and Italy were liberated and Germany was built by Britain. Where is the thanks Ay? Quote Right
Quote Left Yesterday's fiction is today's reality and tomorrow's history to be dissected, picked apart, rationalized and set aside with no real resolution, answer or insight. Quote Right
Quote Left Everyday is an history in every mans life Quote Right
Quote Left History will repeat itself, our lives won't. Quote Right
Quote Left Power and position live and die with men but influence and impact outlive them. The people who impose their will on you and those who improve your life positively will be on different sides of history. Quote Right
Quote Left Black History is not a month... Yet the inherent treasures of a lost and forgotten nation. Quote Right
Quote Left The invariability of the repetition of the harsher lessons of human history is singularly and particularly dependent on the invariability of human stupidity. Quote Right
Quote Left If I ran for president when i grew older, which won't come to be, i feel I'd have the best campaign policy. This is of course silence...once my world history teacher, Brett Morton, said we elect presidents to make decisions for us. Why must that be... why not run and stay silent and do as the people ask of you than what fits your corrupt political standards. Quote Right
Quote Left "Those who fail to recognize history, will receive a taste of it"- Morgen Farmer Quote Right
Quote Left History will remember what we forget our sins will never die no matter how much we regret Quote Right
Quote Left Future history of civics in India's geography is leading to economic involvement. which is not accepted by mass of social gathering.and it is corruption which is involved. Quote Right
Quote Left p.s. yesterday is the future's tomorrow, history repeats itself... Quote Right
Quote Left I am a professional civil rights organizer, and have worked on some of the biggest civil rights campaigns in the nation's history. Most of that work was for woman's rights. Not once did I see or meet any feminists. To the best of my professional opinion feminists do nothing but complain about problems that rarely exist. Quote Right
Quote Left NO ONE CAN WRITE YOUR HISTORY BETTER THAN YOUR SELF. WRITE YOUR HISTORY FOR OTHERS TO READ, NOT READ YOUR HISTORY WRITTEN BY OTHERS, IT WILL NEVER BE ACCURATE. Quote Right
Quote Left It's no wonder the history repeats itself when we are so hellbent on memorizing dates and names rather than messages and morals. Quote Right
Quote Left "HISTORY IS ANCIENT,MODERN LIFE COPIES AND LIVES IN IT" Quote Right
Quote Left It is quite amazing to feel a small drop transforming into big and important lives for the history of nature. So, we should never neglect anything and should give importance to each and everything in life regardless of it being rather small or big. Quote Right
Quote Left One thing we can learn from history is that we never learn from history. Quote Right
Quote Left "It is our goodness that provokes our history. Our attempts at resolving the conflicts of our nature is what creates the history that we celebrate. History is an aftermath of a consequence" Quote Right
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