history quotes

Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research.Iain Banks

My major allegiance has been to storytelling, not to history.Russell Banks

All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars.Banksy

My other bodily ailments have become mere matters of history.William Banting

The Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have taken the biggest lurch to the left in policy in American history. There've been no - no Congress, no administration that has run this far to the left in such a small period of time. And there is a reaction to that.Haley Barbour

On taking office, Obama promised the 'most transparent' administration in history; yet his record as president has been anything but transparent.Bob Barr

I think all of the secrets of the universe are revealed in history. We understand who we are by understanding where we've been and why we are the way we are, and where we come from.Matt Barr

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.Dave Barry

More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations.John Barth

This is an exciting time. A new chapter in our history.John Barth

It's not often as an actor you get to be involved with a project that seems to be on the right side of history.Justin Bartha

I have always been - I think any student of history almost inevitably is - a cheerful pessimist.Jacques Barzun

It is, I claim, nonsense to say that it does not matter which individual man acted as the nucleus for the change. It is precisely this that makes history unpredictable into the future.Gregory Bateson

A trillion dollars spent, 2,000 American lives lost - Afghanistan is the longest war in American history. But you don't hear a word about it.Michael Baumgartner

Without philosophy, history is always for me dead and dumb.Ferdinand Christian Baur

As Indiana's governor, I balanced eight budgets, never raised taxes, and left the largest surplus in state history. It wasn't always easy. Cuts had to be made and some initiatives deferred. Occasionally I had to say 'no.'Evan Bayh

Properly speaking, history is nothing but the crimes and misfortunes of the human race.Pierre Bayle

History has spurts and then is steady, and then maybe even backing up a step, and then forward again.Alan Bean

For the last 4 years, our Federal Government has produced the four biggest deficits in history, and the estimated 2006 deficit of $423 billion is projected to be the largest of all.Melissa Bean

All the lessons of history in four sentences: Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power. The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small. The bee fertilizes the flower it robs. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.Charles A. Beard