Great Throughts Treasury

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Elizabeth Janeway, born Elizabeth Ames Hall

If every nation gets the government it deserves every generation writes the history which corresponds with its view of the world.

Government | History | Wisdom | World | Government |

John F. Kennedy, fully John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or make it the last.

History | Mankind | Power | Wisdom | World |

Robert Full

The march of Providence is so slow and our desires to impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our mean of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing ways, and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.

History | Hope | Humanity | Individual | Life | Life | Progress | Providence | Wisdom | Work |

Rudyard Kipling

Nations have passed away and left no traces, And history gives the naked cause of it - One single simple reason in all cases; They fell because their peoples were not fit.

Cause | History | Nations | Reason | Wisdom |

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten... America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness - justice.

Debt | Determination | Greatness | History | Indispensable | Justice | Ugly | Will | Wisdom |

John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton

A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind. I do not know which makes man more conservative - to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.

History | Man | Mind | Nothing | Opinion | Past | Present | Study | Wisdom |

Nikolai Lenin, aka Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, born Vladimir llyich Ulyanov

Even if for every hundred correct things we did we committed ten thousand mistakes, our revolution would still be - and it will be in the judgment of history - great and invincible; for this is the first time that not a minority, not the rich alone, not the educated alone, but the real masses, the overwhelming majority of the working people are themselves building a new life and are by their own experience solving the most difficult problems of socialist organization.

Experience | History | Judgment | Life | Life | Majority | Organization | People | Problems | Revolution | Time | Will | Wisdom |

Imre Lakatos

Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.

History | Philosophy | Science | Wisdom |

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German Philosopher, Socialist and Friedrich Engels

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

History | Society | Wisdom | Society |

Jacques Maritain

At each epoch of history the world was in a hopeless state, and at each epoch of history the world muddled through; at each epoch the world was lost, and at each epoch it was saved.

History | Wisdom | World |

Newton Minow, fully Newton Norman Minow

Ours has been called the jet age, the atomic age, the space age. It is also, I submit, the television age. And just as history will decide whether the leaders of today’s world employed the atom to destroy the world or rebuild it for mankind’s benefit, so will history decide whether today’s broadcasters employed their powerful voice to enrich the people or debase them.

Age | Destroy | History | Mankind | People | Space | Television | Will | Wisdom | World |

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, aka "Pat"

Liberty and Equality are the twin ideals of American democracy. But they are not the same thing... Many person who would gladly die for liberty are appalled by equality. Many who are devoted to equality are puzzled and even troubled by liberty. Much of the political history of the American nation can be seen as a competition between these two ideals.

Competition | Democracy | Equality | History | Ideals | Liberty | Wisdom |

Samuel Eliot Morison

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World. History is like that, very chancy.

History | Hope | Man | Wisdom | World |

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, aka "Pat"

The United States in the 1980s may be the first society in history in which children are distinctly worse off than adults.

Children | History | Society | Wisdom | Society |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

There is no record in history of a nation that ever gained anything valuable by being unable to defend itself.

History | Wisdom |

Joseph Parker

The whole sum and substance of human history may be reduced to this maxim: that when man departs from the divine means of reaching the divine end, he suffers harm and loss.

Harm | History | Man | Means | Wisdom |

Babe Paley, fully Barbara Cushing "Babe" Mortimer Paley

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments, the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power.

Contention | History | Power | Public | Wisdom |

Richard Reeves

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents.

Children | Dirty | History | Politics | Wisdom |