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Canadian History Quotes


"When I was in school, all our history books were American, so we learned American history, not Canadian history." - Dave Foley

"The trial of Ernst Zundel has gone down in Canadian history." - Ernst Zundel

"When you go back and look at American history, it's not terribly different from Canadian history. If you weren't self-reliant on the prairie, you wouldn't survive." - Alan Greenspan

"History is history." - Troy Vincent

"The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear." - Will Ferguson

"There are two miracles in Canadian history. The first is the survival of French Canada, and the second is the survival of Canada." - F. R. Scott

"All history is contemporary history." - Benedetto Croce

"When history calls, history calls," - Olympia Snowe

"Beneath every history, another history." - Hilary Mantel

"All history is modern history." - Wallace Stevens

"I'm a Canadian. I've always been a Canadian." - Michael Ignatieff

"I'm a first-generation Canadian." - Melanie Fiona

"In fact, before the Reform Party really became a force in the late '80s, early '90s, the leadership of the Conservative party was running the largest deficits in Canadian history." - Stephen Harper

"Imagine a history teacher making history," - Christa Mcauliffe

"All history is the history of thought," - Robin G Collingwood

"History has been the history of warfare." - Godfrey Reggio

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

"Patriotism ruins history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"History is merely gossip" - Oscar Wilde

"History repeats herself." - Jennifer Stone

"History repeats itself." - George Eliot

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"All history is biography." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"History: gossip well told." - Elbert Hubbard

"[History is] petrified imagination." - Arthur Baer

"The dignity of history." - Henry Fielding

"History teaches us hope." - Robert E Lee

"History is His story." - James Packer

"History is only gossip." - Oscar Wilde

"History is herstory too." - Anonymous

"Desire has no history..." - Susan Sontag

"History is always changing." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"Dallas Green is basically Canadian royalty." - Sara Quin

"Canadian bacon isn't bacon. It's ham." - Bill Maher

"Corruption is not a Canadian value!" - Stephen Harper

"I'm not afraid of the Canadian tuxedo." - Dan Auerbach

"The Canadian voice is still too rustic." - Charles Olson

"All other forms of history - economic history, social history, psychological history, above all sociology - seem to me history with the history left out." - A J P Taylor

"It's never felt more Canadian to be Canadian than it does now." - Douglas Coupland

"I stared. "Canadian Satanists? You're sending me to a group of Canadian Satanists?" - Richelle Mead

"A Canadian is someone who keeps asking the question, 'What is a Canadian?" - Irving Layton

"Canadian society' or the 'Canadian nation' cannot decide anything, because no one is in charge." - Thomas Flanagan

"I think I'm a good Canadian, but I'm not the greatest Canadian." - Donald Stewart Cherry

"I know a lot about Canadian politics. I lived in Canadian bars for six years." - Michael Moriarty

"I read and learned and fretted more about Canada after I left than I ever did while I was home. I absorbed anything I could on topics that ranged from Folklore to history to political mainifestos... I ranted and raved and seethed about things beyond my control. In short I acted like a Canadian." - Will Ferguson

"The reality of Canadian history is that we've been willing to do the important things the world demanded of us: fighting in World War II, in Korea, in the Balkans, where we were involved in offensive military operations, and in Afghanistan, where we have made disproportionate contributions." - Chris Alexander

"I was attending the University of Alberta. I was going to be a high school teacher, like my parents. I failed - no, I didn't fail a class, I just barely passed. I really didn't try. It was Canadian history, through the plays of the time. My God, those were boring plays." - Nathan Fillion

"Burton Cummings joining the Guess Who in January 1966 changed my life forever. It's been a rocky affiliation, no doubt. One journalist once described our relationship as the longest running soap opera in Canadian history. That may be a bit oversimplified." - Randy Bachman

"I'm not part of the history, I am the history." - Royce Gracie

"Fiction is history, human history, or it is nothing." - Joseph Conrad

"Repetition builds continuity, Continuity builds history, History builds Identity." - Roshan Samtani

"Truth is in history, but history is not the truth." - Nicolas Gomez Davila

"History, history! We fools, what do we know or care." - William Carlos Williams

"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer." - Samuel Marinus Zwemer

"The history of mankind is the history of ideas." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas." - H G Wells

"All history, of course, is the history of wars." - Penelope Lively

"Slavery is not African history. Slavery interrupted African history." - Mutabaruka

"Men make history. History does not make the man." - Harry S Truman

"The most important history is the history we make today." - Henry Ford

"All history is the history of unintended consequences." - T. J. Jackson Lears

"The only history that matters is the history we know." - Ezra Pound

"Universal history is the history of a few metaphors." - Jorge Luis Borges

"The history of England is emphatically the history of progress." - Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild

"History teaches us that man learns nothing from history" - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"The history of mankind is a history of war." - Mike Love

"The history of mankind is the history of ideas." - Luigi Pirandello

"Human history in essence is the history of ideas." - H G Wells

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

"The history of liberty is a history of resistance." - Woodrow Wilson

"The history of art is the history of revivals." - Samuel Butler

"Destiny and history are untidy." - Djuna Barnes

"All history is a lie!" - Robert Walpole

"History a distillation of Rumour." - Thomas Carlyle

"History belongs to the intercessors" - Walter Wink

"War is not women's history." - Virginia Woolf

"Patterns repeat themselves in history" - Rick Riordan

"History is the third parent." - Nadeem Aslam

"History is written by winners." - Alex Haley

"Well, everybody has a history." - Saul Bellow

"History! Read it and weep!" - Kurt Vonnegut

"History paints the human heart." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Only the vanquished remember history." - Marshall Mcluhan

"History is the gradual instant" - Anne Michaels

"... hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history ..." - Spiro T Agnew

"History is full of surprises." - Arthur M Schlesinger Jr

"History repeats, but science reverberates." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"History passes the final judgment" - Sidney Poitier

"History is absolutely my thing." - Sharon Cameron

"No man knows my history." - Joseph Smith Jr

"the materialist conception of history." - Christopher Hitchens

"History is fables agreed upon." - Voltaire

"History as the slaughter-bench" - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"America has always imported history." - Helmut Jahn

"Whole generations have forgotten history." - Pierre Salinger

"History: A distillation of rumor." - Thomas Carlyle

"History is a stern judge." - Svetlana Alliluyeva

"History, a distillation of rumour." - Thomas Carlyle

"The Thames is liquid history." - John Burns

"The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history but honest and inclusive history." - James W. Loewen

"The Grecian history is a poem, Latin history a picture, modern history a chronicle." - Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

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

"By my count, the Deputy Prime Minister has sworn an oath of loyalty and service to Her Majesty no fewer than four times in the last two years, yet he has used his position as a minister of the Crown as a podium from which to rail against our history and our heritage. The minister says that instead of the monarchy he would prefer an entirely Canadian institution, but he fails to recognize that the monarchy is as Canadian as the House of Commons itself." - Elsie Wayne

"Canadian Railroad Trilogy is an extremely fine piece of songwriting." - Johnny Cash

"Canadian cities looked the way American cities did on television." - William Gibson

"Air Canada. That's a good name for a Canadian airline." - Johnny Carson

"Canadian hockey players always find a way to get along." - Carey Price

"Historically, a Canadian is an American who rejects the Revolution." - Northrop Frye

"I'm just an average Canadian kid playing hockey." - Joe Thornton

"Prior to being a Canadian, I'm also Middle Eastern." - Karl Wolf

"(Rush are) like the JD Salinger of Canadian Prog Rock" - Stephen Colbert

"I don't have a moral plan, I'm a Canadian." - David Cronenberg

"I am so proud to be a Canadian." - Amanda Lindhout

"It seems to me psychologically I'm a Canadian." - Clark Blaise

"I'd always felt like a Canadian living in the U.S." - Gerry Schwartz

"My name is William Shatner, and I am Canadian!" - William Shatner

"I'm Canadian, but no, I don't speak French." - Cory Monteith

"For a Canadian, natural resources were a good fit." - Peter Munk

"Well, I'm Canadian. True, north, strong, and free." - Barry Pepper

"I'm Canadian. I think that's it. When you're a Canadian, you're always watching America from the outside, from afar." - Ryan Gosling

"There really are two different schools of songwriting-American and Canadian. It's interesting. You guys have this history of guys like Paul Williams and Jimmy Webb, and they're different than Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. All those weird voices come out of Canada. That's because it's so cold here we can hardly open our mouth. We get much less light in Canada. No wonder the writing's dark." - Fred Eaglesmith

"If the general attitude of Canadians toward their mighty neighbor to the south could be distilled into a single phrase, that phrase would probably be "Oh, shut up." The Americans talked too much, mainly about themselves. Their torrid love affair with their own history and legend exceeded-painfully-the quasi-British Canadian idea of modesty and self-restraint. ... They were forever busting their buttons in spasms of insufferable yahoo pride or all too publicly agonizing over their crises." - Bruce Mccall

"I've always tried to write California history as American history. The paradox is that New England history is by definition national history, Mid-Atlantic history is national history. We're still suffering from that." - Kevin Starr

"The history of humanity is not the history of its wars, but the history of its households." - John Ruskin

"Essentially any history we have is just a history of aristocrats. We don't have any history of people." - Frank Fairfield

"That history should have imitated history was already sufficiently marvellous; that history should imitate literature is inconceivable...." - Jorge Luis Borges

"People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make." - Gilbert K Chesterton

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

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

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

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

"The history of mankind is his character." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Our best history is still poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Biography is the only true history." - Thomas Carlyle

"To study history is to study literature." - Robert Aris Willmott

"Yesterday is history Tomorrow's a mystery" - Justin Timberlake

"History is filled with fictional people." - Robyn

"History is an accumulation of error." - Norman Cousins

"Indifference is the dead weight of history." - Antonio Gramsci

"Much more than memoir; it's history." - Russell Banks

"We are all citizens of history." - Clifton Fadiman

"History isn't through with me yet." - Ferdinand Marcos

"Philosophy is the history of philosophy." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"History is written by the victors." - Saying

"The curves of your lips rewrite history." - Oscar Wilde

"The longest suicide note in history." - Gerald Kaufman

"A well-behaved woman seldom makes history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"Don't forget your history nor your destiny" - Bob Marley



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