history

A Quote by Thucydides on beginning, history, and war

Thucydides, an Athenian, wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians, he began at the moment that it broke out, believing that it would be a great war, and more memorable than any that had preceded it.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. I, sec. I

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A Quote by Thucydides on absence, accuracy, composers, contentment, desires, fear, future, history, imperfection, interest, judgment, knowledge, labor, memory, past, possessions, reflection, romance, and trust

With reference to the narrative of events, far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand, I did not even trust my own impressions, but it rests partly on what I saw myself, partly on what others saw for me, the accuracy of the report being always tried by the most severe and detailed tests possible. My conclusions have cost me some labor from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eyewitnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but I shall be content if it is judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it. My history has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. I, sec. 22

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A Quote by Thurgood Marshall on discrimination, history, practice, and shame

[It is] a historic step toward eliminating the shameful practice of racial discrimination in the selection of juries.

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993)

Source: Majority opinion in 7-2 ruling that made it more difficult to exclude blacks from juries, 30 Apr 86

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, country, depression, genius, history, justice, people, prosperity, and talent

It is my personal opinion that we are going to recover from this depression and establish on a sounder and better basis, and we are going to reach greater heights of prosperity than ever before in this country. Now, that is just my personal opinion, but it is based on history, because that is what has happened following every depression. As we read the history of the various depressions we find that the people all felt about them just as we do about this one. One of the reasons we go ahead rapidly after coming out of a depression is that inventive genius and business talents have been put to a test, and they have always devised new and better ways to do things.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas Sowell on force, history, society, and work

For society as a whole, nothing comes as a "right" to which we are "entitled." Even bare subsistence has to be produced-and produced at a cost of heavy toil for much of human history. The only way anyone can have a right to something that has to be produced is to force someone else to produce it for him. The more things are provided as rights, the less the recipients have to work and the more others have to carry their load.

Thomas Sowell

Source: Forbes

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A Quote by Thomas Paine on america, history, and world

The United States of America will sound as pompously in the world or in history as The Kingdom of Great Britain.

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

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A Quote by Thomas Paine on books, god, good, history, independence, lies, men, and words

And no less preeminent a champion of American independence than Thomas Paine had the following words of reproach for the Good Book: "As to the book called the Bible, it is blasphemy to call it the Word of God. It is a book of lies and contradictions, and a history of bad times and bad men. There are but a few good characters in the whole book."

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

Source: Letter to William Duane, April 23, 1806

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on dreams, future, history, and past

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on government and history

History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: ca. 1800

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A Quote by Thomas Hardy on argument, good, history, peace, reading, and war

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy (1840 - 1928)

Source: The Dynasts

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