„All these things have happened in our history, and we need to talk about them. What kind of country are we that our history is so tragic?“
Reported in Didi Kirsten Tatlow, "A System Afraid of Its Own History", The New York Times (September 16, 2010).
„In talking about memory and our history, I think our humanity, especially in China, is cut. Cut, broken, separated. If we have a character from our history and memory, the character is broken, it’s shattered.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
2000-09, Escape from Propaganda, 2009
„One reason we cannot forget our law enforcement legacy is that the people we serve and protect cannot forget it, either. So we must talk about our history. It is a hard truth that lives on.“
— James Comey American lawyer and the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 1960
2010s, Hard Truths: Law Enforcement (2015)
„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 22nd Prime Minister of Canada 1959
At Press Conference at Pittsburgh, September 2009.
„The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.“
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
„I suppose, in the end, we journalists try - or should try - to be the first impartial witnesses of history. If we have any reason for our existence, the least must be our ability to report history as it happens so that no one can say: 'we didn't know - no one told us.“
— Robert Fisk English writer and journalist 1946
Preface (page XXIII)
The Great War for Civilization (2005)
„In our country, we do sex. But we don't want to talk about it and that is why we have a billion population.“
— Anbumani Ramadoss Indian politician 1968
On the protests against sex education in India, as quoted in " The great Indian sex debate http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6928326.stm", BBC News (20 August 2007)
„And your work reflects a tradition that runs through our history -- a belief that we’re greater together than we are on our own. And that’s what I’ve come here to talk about today.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2013, Remarks on Economic Mobility (December 2013)
„Our open, diverse society is an asset in the struggle against terrorism, not a liability. It makes us stronger and more resistant to radicalization. And this raises a larger point about the future of our country. America is strongest when we all believe that we have a stake in our country and our future. This vision has sustained us from the beginning. The belief that, yes, we are all created equal and the journey we have made to turn that into reality over the course of our history, that we are not a land of winners and losers, that we should all have the opportunity to live up to our God-given potential. And we have a responsibility to help others do so as well.“
— Hillary Clinton American politician, senator, Secretary of State, First Lady 1947
Presidential campaign (April 12, 2015 – 2016), Speech about the Orlando Shooting (June 13, 2016)
„To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacriﬁce, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives.“
— Howard Zinn author and historian 1922 - 2010
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, p. 270.
Contexto: To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacriﬁce, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places — and there are so many — where people have behaved magniﬁcently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an inﬁnite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in deﬁance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
„We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.“
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1950s, First Inaugural Address (1953)
Contexto: We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These basic precepts are not lofty abstractions, far removed from matters of daily living. They are laws of spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength. Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Moral stamina means more energy and more productivity, on the farm and in the factory. Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible--from the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.
„We must realize the extent to which it is necessary that our knowledge of language be based on history. Only history can impart to words that degree of precision which we need in order to understand them well.“
— Michel Bréal French philologist 1832 - 1915
Fonte: Essai de semantique, 1897, p. 112 ; as cited in: Schaff (1962:16).
„I think the history of humanity is the history of our co-evolution with devices and artifacts that make our lives easier. And I think it's now a question from moral philosophy — not for science — to decide how we use them and what it would mean to be enslaved by them, whether we do so willingly or reluctantly and genuinely.“
— David Krakauer scientist 1967
App Intelligence, NPR’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, November 27, 2015 https://www.ttbook.org/interview/app-intelligence
„No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography. We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future.“
— Paul Keating Australian politician, 24th Prime Minister of Australia 1944
"A Prospect of Europe", 1997 speech at the University of New South Wales.
„This is a movement. It is a movement going on. We want to take our country back. Our country is disappearing. You look at the kind of deals we make. You look at what's happening, our country is going in the wrong direction, and so wrong, and it's got to be stopped and it's got to be stopped fast.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
2010s, 2016, January, Speech at (18 January 2016)
„We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.“
— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 11th President of India, scientist and science administrator 1931 - 2015
„The great Roman statesman Cicero observed that, 'Not to know what happened before one was born is to be always a child.' In our ignorance of the Immoral values that form part of our history and heritage, we Americans have become perpetual children.“
— Ilana Mercer South African writer
“A Burning Dilemma Among America’s Dhimma,” http://www.americandailyherald.com/pundits/ilana-mercer/item/a-burning-dilemma-among-america-s-dhimma American Daily Herald, May 10, 2013.
„We need to move forward and beyond the point where we endlessly pursue the demons bequeathed us by our history.“
— Joni Madraiwiwi Fijian politician 1957 - 2016
Opening address to the Tourism Forum at the Sheraton Resort, 7 July 2005.
— John Ashcroft American politician 1942
On senior Bush officials discussing specific torture techniques, as quoted in "Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved 'Enhanced Interrogation'" at ABC News (9 April 9 2008) http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=4583256
„There are some things that are as basic and as structural in history, and if we don’t know these things, we are in danger of destroying ourselves and our world.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Discerning the Signs of History (1964)
Contexto: There are some things that are as basic and as structural in history, and if we don’t know these things, we are in danger of destroying ourselves and our world. Discerning the signs of history, will tell us first that evil carries the seed of its own destruction. That is just as true as the rising and setting of the sun.