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"Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress." - Stephen Ambrose

"Like many people who live in the South, I'm drawn to the history of the Civil War." - Nicholas Sparks

"I grew up in the South, so a huge part of our American History education revolved around the Civil War." - Anson Mount

"Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States." - Harri Holkeri

"History of America, Part I (1776-1966): Declaration of Independence, Constitutional Convention, Louisiana Purchase, Civil War, Reconstruction, World War I, Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, TV, Cold war, civil-rights movement, Vietnam. History of America, Part II (1967-present): the Super Bowl era. The Super Bowl has become Main Street's Mardi Gras." - Norman Chad

"There is no time in American history in which there was more economic conflict between segments of the population than there was prior to the Civil War." - G. Edward Griffin

"You want one civil war, brah?" - Tom Brower

"What's so civil about war anyway?" - Axl Rose

"What's so civil about war anyway?" - Axl Rose

"Anarchy is order, government is civil war." - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

"War diminishes both civil and economic rights." - P J Orourke

"The most horrible sort of war is civil war." - George Friedman

"A war between Europeans is a civil war." - Victor Hugo

"Civil war is a momentous evil. Civil war needs momentous and solemn justification." - Wendell Phillips

"The Civil War is not ended: I question whether any serious civil war ever does end." - T S Eliot

"I love general history. That's all I read really. I don't read novels, I read history. I love it. I live in an area that's really rich in Civil War history. I live in Kentucky on a farm. A lot of revolution, a lot of military history I love." - Steve Zahn

"War makes rattling good history." - Thomas Hardy

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

"A friend of mine once said that there were only two truly national events in the history of the United States. One was the Civil War and the other one was the Depression." - Arthur Miller

"On the eve of the Civil War, James Parton could write that 'the political history of the United States, for the last thirty years, dates from the moment when the soft hand of Mr. Van Buren touched Mrs. Eaton's knocker.'" - James Parton

"Yes, the small village that we live in, in Virginia, is a very interesting place, in terms of its Civil War history, because it was a town that was founded by Quakers in 1733." - Geraldine Brooks

"Even if Iraq IS a civil war, people have won civil wars." - Newt Gingrich

"Secularists argue that differences of religion were the chief cause of violence in our history - conveniently overlooking violent clashes of region, race, and class, not the least of which was the bloodiest war in history until that time, the Civil War." - Stephen V Monsma

"Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war." - Jim Rohn

"Civil War was recorded by the original line-up" - Dizzy Reed

"Companies are' families. They"re battlefields in a civil war." - Charles Duhigg

"Companies aren't families. They're battlefields in a civil war." - Charles Duhigg

"Every country ended slavery without civil war; US could have." - Ron Paul

"Yes, anarchy is order, government is civil war." - Anselme Bellegarrigue

"How is it possible to have a civil war?" - George Carlin

"Modern politics is civil war carried on by other means." - Alasdair MacIntyre

"We want to keep the actual Civil War experience alive." - Bobby Riggs

"The United States needed a civil war to unite properly." - Umberto Eco

"We're not going to baby sit a civil war." - Barack Obama

"What it targets is not something that's really looked at a lot in terms of the war. This is stuff that's off the beaten path in terms of what we think of every time you start a Civil War history or a Civil War presentation. It's usually about the military and the soldiers and all that stuff. And this is not. It's the backdrop to a place and a time and circumstances that didn't have anything to do with that." - Gary Cole

"There is also the issue of personal privacy when it comes the executive power. Throughout our nation's history, whether it was habeas corpus during the Civil War, Alien and Sedition Acts in World War I, or Japanese internment camps in World War II, presidents have gone too far." - Dick Durbin

"I was born in 1966, at the beginning of the Biafran-Nigerian Civil War, and the war ended after three years. And I was growing up in school, and the federal government didn't want us taught about the history of the war, because they thought it probably would make us generate a new generation of rebels." - Chris Abani

"In the middle of the nineteenth century, the United States embarked on a new relationship with death, entering into a civil war that proved bloodier than any other conflict in American history, a war that would presage the slaughter of World War I's Western Front and the global carnage of the twentieth century." - Drew Gilpin Faust

"To a mankind that recognizes the equality of man everywhere, every war becomes a civil war." - Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

"You'd have civil war. You'd have a race war in this country." - Malcolm X

"A foreign war is a lot milder than a civil war." - Michel De Montaigne

"My family has served the country in almost every major war since the Civil War." - Jack Scalia

"The United States, per capita, at a certain period in its history, had the most junkies of any country ever in the world - right after the Civil War. The most brutal war, the greatest amount of casualties that America's ever had." - Al Lewis

"You take a look at the history of African Americans in the US. There's been about thirty years of relative freedom. There was a decade after the Civil War and before north/south compact essentially recriminalized black life. During the Second World War there was a need for free labor so there was a freeing up of the labor force. Blacks benefitted from it." - Noam Chomsky

"This is the true lesson of our history: war, preparation for war, and foreign military interventions have served for the most part not to protect us, as we are constantly told, but rather to sap our economic vitality and undermine our civil and economic liberties." - Robert Higgs

"While they trace their history back to wars that helped to ethnically cleanse Native Americans and to their exploits in the Civil War fighting for the South, the modern-day Rangers were created to help rejuvenate a defeated and demoralized U.S. imperialism after the war in Vietnam." - Brendan Sexton Iii

"When you read a history or biography you are entitled to imagine that it is as accurate as the authors can make it. That research has gone into it and we say "This is a history of the civil war, this is a biography of Lincoln" whatever. But you don't make any such supposition when you say "This is a historical novel."" - Nicholas Meyer

"There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war." - Victor Hugo

"On War: Every war is ultimately a civil war for we are all brothers and sisters, one to another." - Dillon Burroughs

"Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?" - Victor Hugo

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

"There is no clear or meaningful difference between insurgency and civil war, or between national terrorism and civil war for that matter." - Anthony H. Cordesman

"History has different yardsticks for the cruelty of the Northerners and the cruelty of the Southerners in the Civil War. A slave-owner who through cunning and violence shackles a slave in chains, and a slave who through cunning or violence breaks the chains - let not the contemptible eunuchs tell us that they are equals before a court of morality!" - Leon Trotsky

"From a long view of the history of mankind, seen from, say, ten thousand years from now, there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade." - Richard P Feynman

"Thrilling, illuminating, heart-pounding. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy reads like a crackling espionage novel and resonates as only the most compelling history can. Abbott brings to vivid life four extraordinary and audacious women, and runs glorious roughshod over all our traditional notions of the role of women in the Civil War." - Megan Abbott

"The great theme of modern British history is the fate of freedom. The 18th century inherits, after the Civil War, this very peculiar political animal. It's not a democracy, but it's not a tyranny. It's not like the rest of the world, the rest of Europe. There is a parliament, laws have to be made, elections are made." - Simon Schama

"Some of the greatest spiritual revivals in the past occurred just when the situation seemed to be the darkest. In the history of our own nation, for example, countless thousands turned to Christ during the darkest days of the Civil War, setting the stage for national reconciliation later on." - Billy Graham

"We [Americans] have a historical trauma when it comes to the past relationships when it comes to Native Americans and the history of how America was created. With this film, it's nice to see that the trauma is presented from a white male that was in the Civil War and that trauma affects him in a way that still exists." - Adam Beach

"I think a lot of Civil War stuff is written - As they say, history is written by the victors. And one of the things that I think is fascinating about this from a purely dramatic perspective is whether someone is right or wrong, you understand where they're coming from in this." - Josh Radnor

"Based on what you know about him in history books, what do you think Abraham Lincoln would be doing if he were alive today? 1) Writing his memoirs of the Civil War. 2) Advising the President. 3) Desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin." - David Letterman

"What creates freedom? A revolution in the streets? Mass protest? Civil war? A change of government? The ousting of the old guard and its replacement by the new? History, more often than not, shows that hopes raised by such events are often dashed, sooner rather than later." - Jonathan Sacks

"At the same time the folk boom was happening, the civil rights movement was happening, the anti-war movement was happening, the ban the bomb movement was happening, the environmental movement was happening. There was suddenly a generation ready to change the course of history." - Arlo Guthrie

"I think you can go back in history and look at what the effect in Asia and the world was of a divided, fractured China from, you know, the opium wars through the Chinese civil war, and I don't think it was pretty for Asia or the world." - Dennis C Blair

"With the likely nominations of Barack Obama by the Democrats and John McCain by the Republicans, one of these two parties is headed for a 2009 crack-up that could prove as messy as any party civil war in recent history." - Chuck Todd

"We did an album one time called White Mansions, about the civil war, but it was written by a guy from England. His looking at it from over there and it not being a part of his history made it so he could be objective." - Waylon Jennings

"The script was always the most important thing to me and I loved the script. For one thing, I've always admired trees. I just worship them. Think what trees have witnessed, what history, such as living through the Civil War, yet they still survive." - Kim Novak

"Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

"Every war, when viewed from the undistorted perspective of life's sanctity, is a "civil war" waged by humanity against itself." - Daisaku Ikeda

"Secretary [John] Kerry has called Civil War [in Syria] an unbelievably small war that we're going to get involved with." - Rand Paul

"Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace." - Herodotus

"We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war." - Charles Caleb Colton

"I am deeply skeptical of re-entering into Iraq's civil war." - John Garamendi

"Voroshilov was a hard-riding, hard-drinking military crony of civil-war days." - Kliment Voroshilov

"Religious canons, civil laws, are cruel; then what should war be?" - William Shakespeare

"Once we destroyed the Saddam regime, we knew there was going to be a civil war." - William Eldridge Odom

"Make us enemies of every people on earth, but save us from civil war." - Lucan

"When you're in this type of conflict, when you're at war, civil liberties are treated differently." - Trent Lott

"The Civil War ravaged the Southern states, while leaving the North untouched." - Eustace Mullins

"Make us enemies of every people on earth, but prevent a civil war." - Lucan

"That in a civil war there is continuous fighting, based on grievences that are forever changing." - Nuruddin Farah

"Some call this civil war; others call it emergency - I call it pure evil." - George W Bush

"Polarization affects families and groups of friends. Its a paralyzing situation. A civil war of opinion." - Mick Jagger

"The greatest curse that can befall a free people, is civil war." - Alexander H. Stephens

"I know why we lost the Civil War. We must have had the same officials." - Bum Phillips

"If they don't close these [nuclear] reactors down, we'll have civil war in five years." - Ralph Nader

"You can be strong without being involved in every single civil war around the world." - Rand Paul

"The only thing Abner Doubleday ever started was the Civil War." - Branch Rickey

"Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing." - Homer

"I think the culture of Civil War re-enacting is also incredibly fascinating." - Ed Helms

"The result of toppling tyranny in divided countries is usually civil war and ethnic cleansing." - John N. Gray

"Once we destroyed the Saddam regime, we knew there was going to be a civil war." - William Odom

"I cannot accept a divide between Malagasy people and a civil war." - Andry Rajoelina

"Iraq is in a civil war. There is no road in that country that is safe." - Mark Shields

"War was forced upon mankind in his original civil and social condition." - Elihu Root

"Forget it, Louis, no Civil War picture ever made a nickel." - Irving Thalberg

"Occasionally, a re-enactment is a fine thing. I love Civil War re-enactments." - John Lydon

"In instances in history, civil disobedience has been appropriate and useful." - Philip Hart

"In cultural history, the civil rights movement came before the women's movement." - Marisa Tomei

"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is often said that Americans have no sense of history. Ask a college student who Jimmy Carter was and they will likely reply that he was a general in the Civil War, which occurred in 1492, when Americans dumped tea into the Gulf of Tonkin, sparking the First World War, which ended with the invasion of Grenada and the development of the cotton press." - J. Maarten Troost

"And if there was one title that could be applied to all my films, it would be 'Civil War' - not civil war in the way we know it, but the daily war that goes on between us all." - Michael Haneke

"We are in a new Civil War, and just like the last, it is a struggle for the sanctity of the Union - and it's hardly civil." - Allen West

"...and the federal government is supposed to be the servant to the state government, states are supposed to be supreme, states' rights. Which goes into a long story of the wrong side winning the civil war, right? What was the civil war, it was Abe Lincoln's war, it wasn't the civil war..." - Kent Hovind

"History is remembered by its art, not its war machines." - James Rosenquist

"Reducing military presence has never in history won a war." - John Mccain

"War makes good history but peace is poor reading." - Thomas Hardy

"Few Americans born after the Civil War know much about war. Real war. War that seeks you out. War that arrives on your doorstep - not once in a blue moon, but once a month or a week or a day." - Nick Turse

"All American wars (except the Civil War) have been fought with the odds overwhelmingly in favor of the Americans. In the history of armed combat such affairs as the Mexican and Spanish-American Wars must be ranked, not as wars at all, but as organized assassinations. In the two World Wars, no American faced a bullet until his adversaries had been worn down by years of fighting others." - H L Mencken

"I've been reading and researching various aspects of history - Dickens' London, Nelson's sea battles, Magellan's nautical explorations, the weapons and battles and key figures of the American Civil War - for most of my life. I pick up a book here or there or see a documentary or talk with an expert in the subject, and my curiosity about the one area of study and discovery always leads to another." - Gary Paulsen

"We still have to realize that if you are say a historian of the Civil War, you don't know anything special about say Columbus or for that matter the 20th century. You are a consumer of that information, especially if it's stuff like Columbus and the American Indians. That information isn't even in history, much of it. Much of it is in anthropology or archeology." - James W. Loewen

"So we didn't get the denominations and the separate congregations really till about into Civil War time. What's happened then, of course, is now that we've had well over 100 years of this history to establish separate cultures, different ways of worshipping, and different ways of understanding theology so that when people try to come together makes it very difficult. And then, of course, social networks, you know, how do we find a place to worship?" - Michael Emerson

"I have been trying to create a campaign to have our country make an apology for slavery, for the way that blacks were treated before the Civil War and after the Civil War." - Kirk Douglas

"We are losing each day an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is." - Iyad Allawi

"Everyone believes that the prospect for a civil war has diminished significantly over the past several days. All the mainstream leaders of Iraq believe that civil war must be avoided. It's very positive that they are all saying it." - Zalmay Khalilzad

"But it struck me that the extreme violence and cruelty of the English Civil War had gone understated." - Simon Schama

"I wish to see, in process of disappearing, that only thing which ever could bring this nation to civil war." - Abraham Lincoln

"My religious faith remains in possession of the field only after prolonged civil war with my naturally skeptical mind." - William Lyon Phelps

"I'm Beginning To Wonder If It Would Have Been Best Had The South Won The Civil War." - Ted Nugent

"A crucial Elite group behind the Civil War was the Knights of the Golden Circle, again based in Cincinnati, Ohio." - David Icke

"In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war." - Abraham Lincoln

"For to me every sort of peace with the citizens seemed to be of more service than civil war." - Cicero

"In a civil war... every side is wrong. It's hopeless to try to untangle it. Everyone is a victim." - Philip K Dick

"The three most written-about subjects of all time are Jesus, the Civil War, and the Titanic." - Daniel Mendelsohn

"In case we have to shoot Democrats. It happened during the Civil War, and it could happen again." - P. J. O'Rourke

"After all, I think Forrest was the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side." - William Tecumseh Sherman

"The remark has been made that in the Civil War the North reaped the victory and the South the glory." - Richard M. Weaver

"In a civil war... every side is wrong. It's hopeless to try to untangle it. Everyone is a victim." - Philip K Dick

"I come from a stupid family. During the civil war my great uncle fought for the west." - Rodney Dangerfield

"Taking Viagra after open heart surgery is like a Civil War re-enactment with live ammo. Not good." - Robin Williams

"You might be a redneck if more than one living relative is named after a Southern Civil War general." - Jeff Foxworthy

"The Syrian civil war is a "crime initiated by the United States and the Zionist regime, Israel."" - Ali Khamenei

"When I talk to entrepreneurs today, I feel like the grandfather who was in the Civil War." - Marc Andreessen

"Civil war was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism." - Frederick Douglass

"I picked up this book called Blue Mountain, supposed to be a really good book on the Civil War." - Max Lucado

"Even [Ernst] Hemingway, perhaps the most intentionally non-political of American writers, became passionately partisan during the Spanish Civil War." - Adam Hochschild

"[Immediately before being killed during the Civil War, Spotsylvania:] They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." - John Sedgwick

"Boris [ Johnson]and Dave [Cameron] gnawed each other's testicles [during the Tory civil war which blighted the EU referendum]." - Ken Livingstone

"A Failure in this Duty did once involve our Nation in all the Horrors of Rebellion and Civil War." - Charles Inglis

"Abraham Lincoln went through 12 generals before he got Ulysses S. Grant. He had never done a Civil War before." - Marianne Williamson

"Since the civil war in Laos was resumed in earnest in 1963, American participation has been veiled in secrecy." - Noam Chomsky

"The understanding of Syria's devastating civil war has been distorted by the immense danger and difficulty of covering it." - Nancy Gibbs

"The majority of U.S. high school students don't know within 50 years when the Civil War occurred." - Jim Leach

"With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free." - Anthony Lewis

"Offering thanks in the midst of tragedy is an American tradition, . even during a bloody Civil War." - Abraham Lincoln

"For to me every sort of peace with the citizens seemed to be of more service than civil war." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Prior to the Civil War, most libraries were either privately owned or housed in universities or churches." - Karin Slaughter

"There's a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" - Jon Voight

"Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories. Things used as language are inexhaustibly attractive." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The utter helplessness of a conquered people is perhaps the most tragic feature of a civil war or any other sort of war." - Rebecca Latimer Felton

"Civil war.... What did the words mean? Was there any such thing as "foreign war"? Was not all warfare between men warfare between brothers?" - Victor Hugo



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