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Half Century Quotes


"After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there." - Henri Matisse

"Beyond doubt, the most salient characteristic of life in this latter half of the 19th Century is its SPEED" - William Rathbone Greg

"Every advance in this half-century-Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another-came with the support and leadership of American Labor." - Jimmy Carter

"If half a century of living has taught me anything at all, it has taught me that nothing can bring you peace but yourself." - Dale Carnegie

"The wisdom of our actions in the first three years of peace will determine the course of world history for half a century." - Henry A Wallace

"Our rulers for more than half a century have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that our government has done to other people, not to mention our own." - Gore Vidal

"Half a century ago, the Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote that happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy - it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself." - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"[Albert] Schweitzer thus carved out his own path through the first half of this century, a lonely and learned giant amidst the hordes of noisy and shallow theological pygmies." - N T Wright

"I still prefer to hear [Bob] Dylan acoustic, some of his electric songs are absolutely great. Electric music is the vernacular of the second half of the twentieth century, to use my father's old term." - Pete Seeger

"But while ignorance can make you insensitive, familiarity can also numb. Entering the second half-century of an information age, our cumulative knowledge has changed the level of what appalls, what stuns, what shocks." - Anna Quindlen

"Every letter was a love letter. Of course, as love letters went, this one could have been better. It was not very promising, for instance, that Madeleine claimed not to want to see him for the next half-century." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"With the backdrop of The Salvation Army's century and a half of service to the world's poor, these songs and reflections are born of meaningful engagement with a living Gospel" - Sara Groves

"Perhaps the best testimony to the effectiveness of the reforms of 1852 is the fact, that men of a slightly later generation, familiar with the working of the courts half a century after, find it difficult to believe that such abuses as are plainly described by the legislation of that year, should really have existed in the middle of the nineteenth century." - Edward Jenks

"Something I always wanted to do, to capture that later half of the '70s. It's like the early half of the '70s is still the '60s, in that there's still kind of a playfulness and inventiveness in terms of design and the things that were going on in the culture. The second half, it got much more commodified. It's possibly the ugliest era of architecture and clothes and design in the entire 20th century, from 1975 to '81 or '82." - Daniel Clowes

"The leviathan state, that monster devouring civilization in this century, is in the throes of death. This is not a wish or a prediction, but a conclusion drawn from a broad look at the trends of the last decade and a half, which, if we take the right steps, can continue on into the next century. What has happened around the world - nations states collapsing, markets outwitting planners, citizens rising up against government masters - can and is happening here at home." - Llewellyn Rockwell

"What our sword has won in half a year, our sword must guard for half a century." - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

"What Franz Kafka was to the first half of the 20th century, Philip K. Dick is to the second half." - Art Spiegelman

"Sin has always been an ugly word, but it has been made so in a new sense over the last half-century. It has been made not only ugly but pass?. People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick." - Phyllis Mcginley

"While I can make no claim for having introduced the term "rugged individualism," I should be proud to have invented it. It has been used by American leaders for over a half-century in eulogy of those God-fearing men and women of honesty whose stamina and character and fearless assertion of rights led them to make their own way in life." - Herbert Hoover

"With little knowledge of what it meant to be a Jew, I found myself passionately defending the Jewish people. Now, half a century later, I have to defend my son. Anti-Semitism, I've seen, is like a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger." - Michael Douglas

"I think that we've made great moral progress in the second half of the 20th century in many respects, and particularly in relation to human rights but I think that we are losing sight of some of the values of concern for others, and self-respect and respect for others." - Alexander Mccall Smith

"But I would emphasize again that social and economic solutions, as such, will not avail to satisfy the aspirations of the people unless they conform with the traditions of our race, deeply grooved in their sentiments through a century and a half of struggle for ideals of life that are rooted in religion and fed from purely spiritual springs." - Herbert Hoover

"It was an odd situation. For a century and a half, men got rid of their own hair, which was perfectly comfortable, and instead covered their heads with something foreign and uncomfortable. Very often it was actually their own hair made into a wig. People who couldn't afford wigs tried to make their hair look like a wig." - Bill Bryson

"Jazz has been the voice of freedom for so many countries over the past half century," - Herbie Hancock

"My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century." - Antonio Porchia

"Nine English traditions out of ten date from the latter half of the 19th century." - C.P. Snow

"History has shown that at least one-half of every century is consumed in war." - James Monroe

"It took capitalism half a century to come back from the Great Depression." - Ben Shapiro

"The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Half Man, Half Sit-Out-The-Season." - Charles Barkley

"What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson

"Society moves slowly towards civilization, but when we compare epochs half a century or even quarter of a century apart, we perceive many signs that progress is made." - Lydia Maria Child

"Today, almost half a century after the publication of the Encyclical [of Pius IX], new knowledge has led to the recognition in the theory of evolution of more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of this theory." - Pope John Paul Ii

"No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction. Half a century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this weapon in crime than ever before." - Colin Greenwood

"The popularity of the famous device of the use of lands into England is said to be largely due to the mendicant friars of the then new Orders of St. Dominic and St. Francis, who, arriving in this country, in the first half of the thirteenth century, found themselves hampered by their own vows of poverty, no less than by the growing feeling against Mortmain in acquiring the provision of land absolutely necessary for their rapidly developing work." - Edward Jenks

"whatever San Francisco is or is not, it is never dull. Life there is in a perpetual ferment. It is as though the city kettle had been set on the stove to boil half a century ago and had never been taken off. The steam is pouring out of the nose. The cover is dancing up and down. The very kettle is rocking and jumping. But by some miracle the destructive explosion never happens." - Inez Haynes Irwin

"Glasgow is still full of churches built in the last century. Half of them have been turned into warehouses." - Alasdair Gray

"We were once getting married. And I have loved you all this time- a century and a half. -Jem" - Cassandra Clare

"[The Democratic Party]it's a party with an incredible century-and-a-half history of institutional racism." - Sean Hannity

"Populists and isolationists ignore the tangible benefits that have resulted from our active international role during the past half-century." - David Rockefeller

"We are about half a century away from being ecologically and economically bankrupt because of global warming" - Andrew Simms

"Madame Aubain's servant Felicite was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l'Eveque for half a century." - Gustave Flaubert

"Half of all species on Earth could disappear by the end of the century because of our collective impact." - Louie Psihoyos

"As a result of half a century of Soviet rule people have been weaned from a belief in human kindness." - Svetlana Alliluyeva

"We've seen in the last half century an incredible shift. This is just an extraordinary time to be alive." - Neale Donald Walsch

"After doing psychology for half a century, my passion for all of it is greater than ever." - Philip Zimbardo

"Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time." - Richard Meier

"I still believe nonfiction is the most important literature to come out of the second half of the 20th century." - Tom Wolfe

"Few living figures could contribute as much as Castro to our understanding of the second half of the 20th century." - Stephen Kinzer

"Since creation of the E.U. a half century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history." - John Bruton

"Men o' war were to be a part of the fabric of my life for the next half-century." - Lord Mountbatten

"As a historical legacy, the Kashmir conflict has been an outstanding issue for more than half a century." - Li Peng

"Because the twentieth century was a century of violence, let us make the twenty-first a century of dialogue." - Dalai Lama

"The twentieth century belongs to Canada." - Wilfrid Laurier

"Who's started has half finished." - Horace

"Half of bravery is perspective." - Veronica Roth

"Well begun is half done." - Aristotle

"We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries." - H G Wells

"The first objection to Darwinism is that it is only a guess and was never anything more. It is called a "hypothesis," but the word "hypothesis," though euphonioous, dignified and high-sounding, is merely a scientific synonym for the old-fashioned word "guess." If Darwin had advanced his views as a guess they would not have survived for a year, but they have floated for half a century, buoyed up by the inflated word "hypothesis." When it is understood that "hypothesis" means "guess," people will inspect it more carefully before accepting it." - William Jennings Bryan

"Malthus argued a century and a half ago that man, by using up all his available resources, would forever press on the limits of subsistence, thus condemning humanity to an indefinite future of misery and poverty. We can now begin to hope and, I believe, know that Malthus was expressing not a law of nature, but merely the limitation then of scientific and social wisdom. The truth or falsity of his prediction will depend now, with the tools we have, on our own actions, now and in the years to come." - John F Kennedy

"Indeed, we need not look back half a century to times which many now living remember well, and see the wonderful advances in the sciences and arts which have been made within that period. Some of these have rendered the elements themselves subservient to the purposes of man, have harnessed them to the yoke of his labors and effected the great blessings of moderating his own, of accomplishing what was beyond his feeble force, and extending the comforts of life to a much enlarged circle, to those who had before known its necessaries only." - Thomas Jefferson

"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of criminal acts reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying - that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 - establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime." - Orrin Hatch

"in coming to terms with the newly dead, I seem to have agitated the spirits of the long dead. They were stirring uneasily in their graves, demanding to be mourned as I had not mourned them when they were buried. I was plunged into retroactive grief for my father, and could no longer deny, though I still tried, the loss I'd suffered at the death of my mother. ... Was it possible ... that one could mourn over losses that had occurred more than half a century earlier?" - Eileen Simpson

"A half century from now, our grandchildren are likely to look back at the era of mass employment in the market with the same sense of utter disbelief as we look upon slavery and serfdom in former times. The very idea that a human being's worth was measured almost exclusively by his or her productive output of goods and services and material wealth will seem primitive, even barbaric, and be regarded as a terrible loss of human value to our progeny living in a highly automated world where much of life is lived on the Collaborative Commons." - Jeremy Rifkin

"For twelve successive Congresses we have appeared before committees of the two Houses making this plea, that the underlying principle of our Government, the right of consent, shall have practical application to the other half of people. Such a little simple thing we have been asking for a quarter of a century. For over forty years, longer than the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness, we have been begging and praying and pleading for this act of justice. We shall some day be heeded." - Susan B Anthony

"A half-century after racing the Russians to the moon, the U.S. is barely suiting up in the international race to secure interests in the Arctic." - Rick Larsen

"A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century; a passion is old at the end of three months." - Sophie Swetchine

"Society presses upon us all the time. The progress of the last half century is the progress of the frog out of his well." - R.K. Narayan

"contemporary poetry is a kind of Reykjavik, a place where accessibility and intelligence have been fighting a Cold War by proxy for the last half-century." - Nick Hornby

"After over half a century of employer-provided health care coverage, the American people have developed a phobia of paying for health insurance themselves." - Arnold Kling

"A half century of living should put a good deal into a person's face besides a few wrinkles and some unwelcome folds around the chin." - Frances Parkinson Keyes

"I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"The throwaway economy that has been evolving over the last half-century is an aberration, now itself headed for the junk heap of history." - Lester R. Brown

"Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century." - Ralph Neas

"For over half a century the automobile has brought death, injury, and the most inestimable sorrow and deprivation to millions of people." - Ralph Nader

"Pretty much anything you laughed at in the second half of the 20th century can be traced back to Your Show Of Shows." - Rob Reiner

"For a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times." - George W Bush

"Cuba has not accepted the domain and imposition of an empire that has wanted to dominate us for over half a century [America]." - Alejandro Castro Espin

"I don't think he'd [Andy Warhol] be that amazed because he was so driven to be the Picasso of the second half of the 20th century." - Bob Colacello

"Having served for nearly half a century in the House of Commons, I now want more time to devote to politics and more freedom to do so." - Tony Benn

"Rather painfully, we managed to digest Darwinian evolution so far as physical attributes were concerned within half a century of the initial controversy." - John Brunner

"If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable." - Tim Flannery

"Confirming John Roberts would endanger much of the progress made by the nation in civil rights over the past half century." - Ralph G Neas

"Social Democracy preached against capitalism for half a century. After the November revolution the Reds had the opportunity to direct capitalism into the proper paths: but nothing happened!" - Julius Streicher

"Over a half-century has passed since the hell of the Holocaust, but its spectre still hangs over the world and doesn't allow us to forget." - Irena Sendler

"In the latter half of the last century the impact of the expanding influence of Western culture and economic system brought about in China a severe conflict." - Chen Ning Yang

"Rosa Parks' courage, determination, and tenacity continue to be an inspiration to all those committed to non-violent protest and change nearly half a century later." - Bob Filner

"I do work half time as a historian of medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and I started my career with work in the 19th century." - Alice Dreger

"I think the O.J. Simpson case conjured all the paranoia, the racial anxiety, but also the racial fatigue that America has endured over the last half century." - Michael Eric Dyson

"If you were an optimistic teen, then you'll be an optimist at 80. People's reactions to bad events are highly stable over a half century or more." - Martin Seligman

"I believe that the next half century will determine if we will advance the cause of Christian civilization or revert to the horrors of brutal paganism." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I'm grateful for the evangelical resurgence we've seen across the world in the last half-century or so. It truly has been God's doing." - Billy Graham

"The essential characteristic of the first half of the twentieth century is the growing weakness, and almost the disappearance, of the idea of value." - Simone Weil

"It is staggering that in the 21st century, half of the world's population - that's three and a half billion people - own no more than a tiny elite whose numbers could all fit comfortably on a double-decker bus." - Winnie Byanyima

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion... We have had thirteen States independent for eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half, for each State. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion." - Thomas Jefferson

"I am the conscience of the 21st Century." - Martin Firrell

"There's always been a women's movement this century!" - Mary Stott

"Our names were made for us in another century." - Richard Brautigan

"We've got 21st century technology and speed colliding head-on with 20th and 19th century institutions, rules and cultures." - Amory Lovins

"exile ... might be the largest new state created by the twentieth century and the psychology of the twenty-first century." - Phyllis Chesler

"Our epoch has been called the century of work. It is in fact the century of pain, misery and corruption." - Paul Lafargue

"The thriller is the cardinal twentieth-century form. All it, like the twentieth century, wants to know is: Who's Guilty?" - Brigid Brophy

"What's well begun is half done." - Horace

"Docility is the observable half of reason." - George Santayana

"Half this game is 90 percent mental." - Danny Ozark

"I am a stranger to half measures." - Marita Golden

"Half magic is no magic at all." - Sharyn McCrumb

"Social sorrow loses half its pain." - Samuel Johnson

"Pray with reverence, not half-heartedness." - Francis Chan

"Half-heartedness never won a battle." - William Mckinley

"Half the game is 90% mental." - Yogi Berra

"A work well begun is half-ended." - Plato

"O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire." - Robert Browning

"Half the game is mental, the other half is being mental." - Jim McKenny

"Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results, it produces no results." - Hamilton Holt

"The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"He who sleeps half a day has won half a life." - Karl Kraus

"Half the joys and half the sorrows of this world are discovered in bed." - Kathleen Winsor

"My dad lives in Sicily, so I'm half Italian and half Irish - it's a fiery combination." - Nico

"Half of San Antonio's population is of Mexican descent; the other half just eats that way." - Mike Greenberg

"This living stuff is a lot. Too much, and not enough. Half empty, and half full." - Diane Keaton

" half of her should not be always so much wiser than the other half..." - Jane Austen

"Half of life is up - the other half is dealing with it." - Henry Rollins

"Paul Newman's half Jewishand Florence Henderson's half, tooPut them together,What a fine looking Jew!" - Adam Sandler

"Memento mori-remember death! These are important words. If we kept in mind that we will soon inevitably die, our lives would be completely different. If a person knows that he will die in a half hour, he certainly will not bother doing trivial, stupid, or, especially, bad things during this half hour. Perhaps you have half a century before you die-what makes this any different from a half hour?" - Leo Tolstoy

"In the second half of the 20th century, people are becoming more limited: Vocabularies are smaller, thoughts are smaller, aspirations are smaller, everything is very scaled down. Everyone is typecast." - Christopher Reeve

"What I am arguing, in effect, is that the full democratic system of the second half of the fifth century B.C. would not have been introduced had there been no Athenian empire." - Moses Finley

"I never meant to marry. In my opinion, a woman born in the last half of the nineteenth century of the Christian era suffered from enough disadvantages without willfully embracing another." - Barbara Mertz

"Foreign correspondence has a natural element of romanticism - and this could be seen as soon as that class of professional reporter emerged in the last half of the 19th century." - John Maxwell Hamilton

"Nearly a half-century on from feminism, simply being a woman artist is still a revolutionary act. And getting one's work shown continues to be met by enormous inbuilt resistance." - Jerry Saltz

"It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return." - Chen Shui-bian

"The US is indeed a terrorist nation. ...It's also the greatest purveyor of violence on earth over the past half century, and the foremost threat to world peace today." - Bill Ayers

"In the first half of the 20th Century, we lived through human disasters on a scale unimaginable. The Holocaust was once suggested would be the end of not only civilization, but art, too." - Ian Mcewan

"...and was disposed too often to idealize as a virtue that habit of mean subservience to wealth and social position which, after more than half a century of political democracy, is still the characteristic and odious vice of the Englishman." - R. H. Tawney

"It is good to respect old thoughts in the newest books, because the old works in which they stand are not read. New translations of many truths, as of foreign standard works, must be given forth every half-century." - Jean Paul

"The immense accumulations of fixed capital which, to the great benefit of mankind, were built up during the half century before the war, could never have come about in a Society where wealth was divided equitably." - John Maynard Keynes

"During half a century of literary work, I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution into the sphere of literature, and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms." - Johannes V. Jensen

"At the end of the first half-century of engine-driven flight, we are confronted with the stark fact that the historical significance of aircraft has been primarily military and destructive." - Charles Lindbergh

"For more than a half a century, we know that we prospered because of a bipartisan consensus on defense and foreign policy. We must do more than return to that sensible, cooperative approach." - Hillary Clinton

"For more than half a century, during which kingdoms and empires have fallen, this Union has stood unshaken. The patriots who formed it have long since descended to the grave; yet still it remains, the proudest monument to their memory. . ." - Zachary Taylor

"No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries..." - William J Clinton

"An illuminating read for every classical scholar engaged with the current quest for the subject's roots, and the excavation of the way that it has evolved over the past century and a half." - Edith Hall

"Logic sometimes makes monsters. For half a century we have seen a mass of bizarre functions which appear to be forced to resemble as little as possible honest functions which serve some purpose." - Henri Poincare

"Where was the libertarian right during the great struggles for individual liberty in America in the last half-century? The libertarian movement has been conspicuously absent from the campaigns for civil rights for nonwhites, women, gays and lesbians." - Michael Lind

"For me, I think that the struggle around how to deal with Islam in the United States is the defining moral struggle of this half of the new century." - Van Jones

"No one can survive on their own. Thinking you can is ridiculous, especially going into the middle half of the 21st century. To think you can do it alone is just ridiculous." - Chris Pine

"There has been an Irish lobby that has impacted U.S. foreign policy for a century and a half, and at times made our relations with Great Britain very difficult. Other comparable lobbies exist." - Samuel P Huntington

"Radio - and perhaps airplanes, and then of course, the atom bomb - was the preeminent technology of the first half of the 20th century. It was how the Third Reich controlled its citizens, spread lies, and disseminated fear." - Anthony Doerr

"It seems to me that if you were to take almost any half-century in history, you'd find a grand societal tug-of-war between the community and the individual." - Lauren Groff

"Build high-speed, electrified trains over the most-traveled corridors. It'sreally hard to power carbon-free airplanes, but electrified trains are much easier. We'll be a half century behind the Japanese, but better late than never." - Denis Hayes



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