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Ancient History Quotes


"that's me. ancient history." [Poseidon to Paul]" - Rick Riordan

"Oh dear, you are confusing molecular science with ancient history." - Dean Hamer

"Ancient history is oddly short on incorrect omens." - Stacy Schiff

"Is your Christianity ancient history-or current events?" - Samuel M. Shoemaker

"Is your Christianity ancient history-or current events?" - Sam Shoemaker

"History, when they do it, is ancient history, and they sensationalize even that. Contemporary history is virtually ignored on television." - Tariq Ali

"The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen." - Carl Ally

"The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian." - James H. Breasted

"The character thing really is sort of, for me, personally, rather ancient history." - David Bowie

"Throughout its history, Islam has borrowed and adapted from other civilizations, both ancient and modern." - Shereen El Feki

"Meditation while walking has a long, noble history in ancient spiritual disciplines." - Andrew Weil

"The man who first gave history a recognized place in science was an ancient historian." - James Henry Breasted

"I have a long view of history - my orientation is archaeological because I'm always thinking in terms of ancient Greece and Rome, ancient Persia and Egypt." - Camille Paglia

"Personally, my interests are ancient history and ancient civilizations. In my own life, I'd like to go to places like Easter Island." - Nicolas Cage

"The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship, the sacredness of creation is ancient, ancient wisdom." - Rebecca Adamson

"I could' miss Percy's fifteenth birthday," Poseidon said. "Why, if this were Sparta, Percy would be a man today!" "That's true," Paul said. "I used to teach ancient history." Poseidon's eyes twinkled. "That's me. Ancient history." - Rick Riordan

"I couldn't miss Percy's fifteenth birthday," Poseidon said. "Why, if this were Sparta, Percy would be a man today!" "That's true," Paul said. "I used to teach ancient history." Poseidon's eyes twinkled. "That's me. Ancient history." - Rick Riordan

"All ancient history was written with a moral object; the ethical interest predominates almost to the exclusion of all others." - Tacitus

"The resurrection is a fact better attested than any event recorded in any history, whether ancient or modern." - Charles Spurgeon

"I do love these ancient ruins. We never tread upon them but we set Our foot upon some reverend history." - John Webster

"I'm a big history buff so to walk the streets...the ancient world like that was pretty astounding." - Leonardo Dicaprio

"Ancient history, besides the still unequalled excellence of the writers, is the best instrument for cultivating the historical sense." - Goldwin Smith

"I love Paris for its wide boulevards and cafes, and Rome for the ancient history, as seen at the Forum." - Alan Titchmarsh

"I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction." - Martin Scorsese

"It is impossible to write ancient history because we lack source materials, and impossible to write modern history because we have far too many." - Charles Peguy

"The new history is really ancient history newly discovered. Journalists are taking crash courses in the blood-drenched background of Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, North Ossetians, Armenians and Azerbaijanis." - Henry Grunwald

"It is an ancient story Yet is it ever new." - Heinrich Heine

"All religions are ancient monuments to superstition, ignorance and ferocity." - Baron d'Holbach

"History, like religion, unites all learning and power, especially ancient history; that is, the history of the nations of the youthful world - Grecian and Roman, Jewish and early Christian." - Jean Paul

"History takes time. History makes memory." - Gertrude Stein

"The progress of democracy seems irresistible, because it is the most uniform, the most ancient and the most permanent tendency which is to be found in history." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Everyone's a singer now, thanks to karaoke, for better and for much worse. But the live band is now becoming ancient history in Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma." - Alan Bishop

"My ancient history teacher, Millie Lloyd, should have worn a medal for her performance at the battle of Thermopylae. She was excited and we were excited." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Without cruelty there is no festival: thus the longest and most ancient part of human history teaches - and in punishment there is so much that is festive!" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"We know that golf is an ancient game with great history and tradition, but our golf is only 10 years old so don't judge us too harshly." - Nursultan Nazarbayev

"Without cruelty there is no festival: thus the longest and most ancient part of human history teaches and in punishment there is so much that is festive!" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Patriotism ruins history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"History is merely gossip" - Oscar Wilde

"I like American history." - Kevin Costner

"World history is tragic." - Friedrich Durrenmatt

"I'm a history nut." - Billy Joel

"Ancient Egypt was a Negro Civilization. The history of Black Africa will remain suspended in air and cannot be written correctly until African historians dare to connect it with the history of Egypt." - Cheikh Anta Diop

"The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history. It permeated the ancient life of early peoples. It blazed anew in the Middle Ages. It was written in Magna Charta." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"A western audience might not appreciate 'Chanakya's Chant' because of its dependence on history and ancient statecraft. My book is a modern-day thriller that draws on a bedrock of history. My primary object is to entertain, not educate." - Ashwin Sanghi

"Blossom time has come and many ancient seekers are today getting their Self Realization." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain." - Mike McAlary

"If atheism spread, it would become a religion as intolerable as the ancient ones." - Gustave Le Bon

"No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof." - Henry David Thoreau

"History is history. What is done is done." - Sister Souljah

"Although it is tempting to imagine an ancient era innocent of biochemical weaponry, in fact this Pandora's box of horrors was opened thousands of years ago. The history of making war with biological weapons begins in mythology, in ancient oral traditions that preserved records of actual events and ideas of the era before the invention of written histories." - Adrienne Mayor

"Whereas much of what we know from ancient history is derived from one or two sources, we have no fewer than nine ancient sources, inside and outside the New Testament, corroborating the disciples' conviction that they encountered the resurrected Jesus. That's an avalanche of data." - Lee Strobel

"If there is no more market for ancient Greek, there should be no more ancient Greek. If there are no jobs for historians, there should be no history. If there is no money in brains, there should be no brains - except for the brains that make money." - Laura Penny

"You cannot not know history." - Philip Johnson

"Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft." - Winston Churchill

"What dependence can I have on the alleged events of ancient history, when I find such difficulty in ascertaining the truth regarding a matter that has taken place only a few minutes ago, and almost in my own presence!" - Walter Raleigh

"In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America." - James H. Breasted

"I am quite sick of the modern writers of ancient history, who think to make amends by their fine language for the total want of industry, truth and candor." - Joseph Ritson

"Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, thats 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"No system in history capitalism has been more relentless in battering down ancient and fragile cultures, devouring the resources of whole regions, pulverizing centuries-old practices in a matter of years, and standardizing the varieties of human experience." - Michael Parenti

"In the history of old Jewish literature there was never any basic difference between the poet and the prophet. Our ancient poetry often became law and a way of life." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Fascist is not just an epithet. Fascist is a proper noun that means a specific thing. It`s a real thing. It`s not always referring to ancient history." - Rachel Maddow

"People whose concept of ancient history is the first series of Star Trek may be treated with patience, because it's usually not their fault they were reduced to getting their education from school." - Terry Pratchett

"The shutdown may have temporarily sidetracked the Republicans, yet Obamacare threatens much worse for the Democrats. By 2014 the former will be ancient history, while the latter will be an ongoing mess." - Victor Davis Hanson

"The story in that particular spot was an ancient history story, and we wanted to give it a historical feeling, which was why we used a historical calligraphy scroll come to life." - Jennifer Yuh Nelson

"I do realise that talk of natural kinds dates back to Aristotle, but I'd better not say too much about ancient philosophers lest I be convicted of practicing history of philosophy without a license." - Hilary Kornblith

"The capitalist and other classes of ancient origin had in fact been destroyed, but a new class, previously unknown to history, had been formed.... This new class [is] the bureaucracy, or more accurately the political bureaucracy." - Milovan Djilas

"Vietnam is about halfway around the world from Washington. It's as large as the major European nations, with nearly 130,000 square miles... Its ancient recorded history goes back to 111 B.C... We entered (that country) with considerable ignorance." - Barry Goldwater

"Look how Bill Cohen and George Mitchell worked together. It's the stuff of legends. And now it's the stuff of almost ancient history, regrettably, but the way those two really worked together." - Barbara Mikulski

"Trees for example, carry the memory of rainfal. In their rings we read ancient weather - storms, sunlight and temperatures, the growing seasons of centuries. A forest shares a history which each tree remembers even after it has been felled." - Anne Michaels

"I wanted to get the most broad foundation for a lifelong education that I could find, and that was studying Latin and the classics. Meaning Roman and Greek history and philosophy and ancient civilizations." - Tim Blake Nelson

"I've got a lot of shows under my belt that are ancient history solely because they were on the air before this video revolution came along and ensured that canceled shows could continue to have a bit of a presence." - Jim Beaver

"Only with maturity did I come to appreciate my own Chinese roots: not just the food and the ancient history, but also the philosophy of child-rearing and the respect for education and knowledge." - Tess Gerritsen

"Fashion is not just about trends. It's about political history. You can trace it from the ancient Romans to probably until the '80s, and you can see defining moments that were due either to revolutions or changes in politics." - Daphne Guinness

"We've got to map all of our ancient history before it's gone because, let's face it, if we don't have a common heritage to share, something to get excited about, then what are we living for?" - Sarah Parcak

"What satellites help to show us is we've actually only found a fraction of a percent of ancient settlements and sites all over the world... It's the most exciting time in history to be an archaeologist." - Sarah Parcak

"No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny." - Hannah Arendt

"In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?" - Manuel Puig

"Our family arrived in England in 1960. At that time I thought the war was ancient history. But if I think of 15 years ago from now, that's 1990, and that seems like yesterday to me." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement." - Penelope Lively

"In the more recently disclosed field of history in the ancient Near East, however, there has been no such sense of responsibility displayed by historians either in Europe or America." - James Henry Breasted

"If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy." - James Monroe

"Even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others. Modern, no less then Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable." - Oscar Wilde

"The art of beautiful motion is far and away the oldest. Before man learned how to use any instruments at all, he moved the most perfect instrument of all, his body. He did this with such abandon that the cultural history of prehistoric and ancient man is, for the most part, nothing but the history of the dance." - Gerard van der Leeuw

"The history of the Bible text is a romance of literature, though it is a romance of which the consequences are of vital import; and thanks to the succession of discoveries which have been made of late years, we know more about it than of the history of any other ancient book in the world." - Frederic G. Kenyon

"I was born in England and went to school there. That's when I discovered my undying passion for history - not just for the Middle Ages, but all periods of history. My favorites are medieval, Elizabethan, and Georgian; however, I've written stories set in periods as early as ancient Rome, right up to the Victorian era." - Virginia Henley

"What I love about the stories of the Great Migration is that this is not ancient history; this is living history. Most people of color can find someone in their own family who had experienced a migration of some kind, knowing the sense of dislocation, longing and fortitude." - Isabel Wilkerson

"Where there is the tree of knowledge, there is always Paradise: so say the most ancient and most modern serpents." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Each of us has the ability to act powerfully for change; together we can restore that ancient and sustaining harmony." - David Suzuki

"The answer to the ancient question Why is there something rather than nothing would be that nothingis unstable." - Frank Wilczek

"In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education." - Barack Obama

"Time makes ancient good uncouth." - James Russell Lowell

"Nobody brings ancient history and archaeology to life like Adrienne Mayor. From the Russian steppes to China, and from Roman Egypt and Arabia to the Etruscans, she leads the reader on a breathtaking quest for the real ancient warrior women reflected in myths-their daring, archery, tattoos, fine horses, and independence from male control. The book's rich erudition, communicated in sparkling prose and beautiful illustrations, makes it a riveting read." - Edith Hall

"s past history and stand alone." - Marion Woodman

"History without politics descends to mere Literature." - John Robert Seeley

"Politics is history in the making." - Adolf Hitler

"History is a record of exploded ideas." - John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

"Language is the archives of history." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We've witnessed history in the making." - Maria Shriver

"Institutions do live on their history." - Bob Hawke

"History is written by the victors." - Winston Churchill

"I am a fan of history." - Tom T Hall

"History is like a constantly changing tree." - David Irving

"I'm sick of making bloody history." - Patrick Rafter

"Grace can and does have a history." - Karl Rahner

"I'm a big stupid history nerd." - Emilie Autumn

"Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history." - Pierre De Coubertin

"History is a vast early warning system." - Norman Cousins

"I love anything to do with history." - Waris Ahluwalia

"My inspiration is love and history." - Waris Ahluwalia

"History seems to be so clumsy." - Robert Johnson

"Ideas shape the course of history." - John Maynard Keynes

"But I regret not having liked history." - Eva Herzigova

"History can never be covered up." - Zhu Rongji

"In Jewish history there are no coincidences." - Elie Wiesel

"It has been long considered possible to explain the more ancient revolutions on... the Earth surface by means of these still existing causes; in the same manner as it is found easy to explain past events in political history, by an acquaintance with the passions and intrigues of the present day. But we shall presently see that unfortunately this is not the case in physical history:-the thread of operation is here broken, the march of nature is changed, and none of the agents that she now employs were sufficient for the production of her ancient works." - Georges Cuvier

"Western man wrote "his" history as if it were the history of the entire human race." - John Oliver Killens

"History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history." - Clarence Darrow

"To have a sense of history one must consider oneself a piece of history...." - Alfred Kazin

"Human history is work history. The heroes of the people are work heroes." - Meridel Le Sueur

"We are not makers of history. We are made by history." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history." - Clarence Darrow

"History never looks like history when you are living through it." - John W Gardner

"That's history. I say history because it happened in the past." - Murray Walker

"The Republican Party's history is rich and chock full of emancipation and black history." - Rand Paul

"I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history." - Oliver Stone

"History is history." - Troy Vincent

"Based on the considerations of history, ancient history, and international axioms, the logic of following up a citizen with his shadow for the purpose of the demarcation of political frontiers of any state has been discounted for international conventions. For example the Arabs cannot ask Spain just because they were there some time in the past nor can they ask for any other area outside the frontiers of the Arab homeland" - Saddam Hussein

"From my student days I found him a compelling and fascinating, though often puzzling, figure. It's a lifelong fascination now and I don't expect that to stop! His vision of God, God's faithfulness, God's purposes and so on is so much bigger and richer than almost any subsequent Christian thinker has ever managed. In addition, I have always loved ancient history, especially the history of the early Roman empire, and of course Paul fits right into that." - N T Wright

"Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day." - Stephen Jay Gould

"Polygamy has an ancient history and is legal in many parts of the world. I find the rules of polygamy to be damaging and it's potentially dangerous to young girls and terrible for "excess" boys. But polyamory is supposed to be a more equal arrangement among agreeing adults." - Emily Yoffe

"To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense,it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. Either time or rare wisdom writes it." - Henry David Thoreau

"It may be well to remember that the highest level of moral aspiration recorded in history was reached by a few ancient Jews-Micah, Isaiah, and the rest-who took no count whatever of what might not happen to them after death. It is not obvious to me why the same point should not by and by be reached by the Gentiles." - Thomas Huxley

"Ancient history has an air of antiquity. It should be more modern. It is written as if the specator should be thinking of the backside of the picture on the wall, or as if the author expected that the dead would be his readers, and wished to detail to them their own experience." - Henry David Thoreau

"The ruin of Paganism, in the age of Theodosius, is perhaps the only example of the total extirpation of any ancient and popular superstition; and may therefore deserve to be considered, as a singular event in the history of the human mind." - Edward Gibbon

"I suppose I felt doomed to be an artist early on because of the way I drew all over the books that I needed for school, from ancient history to math. I was more interested in drawing in the margins than actually doing the work." - Nancy Spero

"History will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion, from its usefulness to the public; the advantage of a religious character among private persons; the mischiefs of superstition, and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern." - Benjamin Franklin

"We may be entering a new phase of history, a time when we begin to rediscover . . . the traditional teaching that power must entail restraint and responsibility, the ancient awareness that we are interdependent with all of nature and that our sense of community must take in the whole of creation." - Donald Worster

"And someday when the descendants of humanity have spread from star to star they won't tell the children about the history of Ancient Earth until they're old enough to bear it and when they learn they'll weep to hear that such a thing as Death had ever once existed" - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"And someday when the descendants of humanity have spread from star to star they wo' tell the children about the history of Ancient Earth until they"re old enough to bear it and when they learn they"ll weep to hear that such a thing as Death had ever once existed" - Eliezer Yudkowsky

"Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan, ancient capital of the Punjab, home to nearly as many people as New York, layered like a sedimentary plain with the accreted history of invaders from the Aryans to the Mongols to the British." - Mohsin Hamid

"...the history of early-medieval Arabia is nearly all legend. Like Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and other founders of patriarchal religions, Mohammed lacks real verification. There is no reliable information about his life or teachings. Most stories about him are as apocryphal as the story that his coffin hangs forever in mid-air "between heaven and earth," like the bodies of ancient sacred kings." - Barbara G. Walker

"I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems, drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement. Towns and cities, too, which always retain the ghost of their earlier incarnations beneath today's concrete and glass." - Penelope Lively

"The plow is one of the most ancient and most valuable of man's inventions; but long before he existed the land was in fact regularly plowed, and still continues to be thus plowed by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures." - Charles Darwin

"Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets - as vast and indestructible as nature itself." - Anne Rice

"Wherever we look in the ancient world the past has been controlled, but nowhere more rigorously than in the history of the Christian church. The methods of control, wherever we find them, fall under three general heads which might be described as (a) the invention, (b) the destruction, and (c) the alteration of documents." - Hugh Nibley

"You probably won't remember me. I'm probably ancient history. I'm one of the chosen few who went ahead and fell for you. I'm out of vogue, I'm out of touch. I fell too fast, I feel too much. I thought that you might have some advice to give on how to be insensitive." - Jann Arden

"You can have the most advanced and efflorescent cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933...Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns." - Charles Krauthammer

"Here in the United States, when the term "fascist" gets used, it`s either talking about other countries, ancient history or it`s used as a sort of insult, right, a sort of generic right wing epithet that people use to criticize politicians who are at most on the edge of mainstream American political thought." - Rachel Maddow

"The history of mankind for the last four centuries is rather like that of an imprisoned sleeper, stirring clumsily and uneasily while the prison that restrains and shelters him catches fire, not waking but incorporating the crackling and warmth of the fire with ancient and incongruous dreams, than like that of a man consciously awake to danger and opportunity." - H G Wells



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