Maya Angelou Page

“You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.”

- Maya Angelou

Source/Notes: Still I Rise - Full text online at poets.org - And Still I Rise (1978)
Mahatma Gandhi Page

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

B. C. Forbes Page

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

- B. C. Forbes

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Forbes, Volume 116 (1975), p. 124
Cesar Chavez Page

“History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.”

- Cesar Chavez

Source/Notes: As quoted in Cesar Chavez : A Triumph of Spirit (1997) by Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia, p. 116
Joan Rivers Page

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.”

- Joan Rivers


Haile Selassie Page

“Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other. God and history will remember your judgment.”

- Haile Selassie

Adolf Hitler Page

“This year will go down in history for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.”

- Adolf Hitler

Arthur C. Clarke Page

“The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.”

- Arthur C. Clarke

Source/Notes: Credo (1991); also in Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! : Collected Essays, 1934-1998 (1999), p. 360
John Adams Page

“I must study Politics and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematics and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematics and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Music, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelain.”

- John Adams

Source/Notes: Letter to Abigail Adams, 12 May 1780
Pete Seeger Page

“Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.”

- Pete Seeger


Mahatma Gandhi Page

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Stephen Harper Page

“We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them.”

- Stephen Harper

Source/Notes: At Press Conference at Pittsburgh, September 2009 - On Canada
Haile Selassie Page

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

- Haile Selassie

Source/Notes: Cited as from an address in Addis Ababa (1963) in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1988) edited by James B. Simpson ISBN 0395430852
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Page

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”

- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Francis Schaeffer Page

“History indicates that that at a certain point of economic breakdown people cease being concerned with individual liberties and are ready to accept regimentation. The danger is obviously greater when two main values so many people have are personal peace and affluence.”

- Francis Schaeffer

Source/Notes: How Should We Then Live : The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (1976), p. 246


Virginia Woolf Page

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

- Virginia Woolf

Saying Page

“History is written by the victors.”

- Saying

Source/Notes: Sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill