On this page you can find quotes about history and a few other things.
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy
— William Shakespeare
And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears,
and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real
I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel…
God help me, I was only nineteen.
— John Schumann
Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting
— Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson
Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I’ve gone
How far I’ve gone, how high I’ve climbed
On my back’s a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line.
— Bruce Springsteen
GEORGE: Wow, Keith Hernandez. He’s such a great player.
JERRY: Yeah, he’s a real smart guy too. He’s a Civil War buff.
GEORGE: I’d love to be a Civil War buff. … What do you have to do to be a buff
JERRY: So Biff wants to be a buff? … Well sleeping less than 18 hours a day
would be a start.
—writers, Larry David and Larry Levin
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.
— Vladimir Lenin
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
The rose soon drupes & dies. The brier fades away. But my fond heart for you I love shall never go astray.
—Thomas Alsop [had words engraved on 1833 love token]
May the rose of England never bud. The thistle of Scotland never grow. The harp of Ireland never play. Till I poor convict gain my liberty.
When this, you see remember me, and, bare, me in, your mind let, all, the, world say, what they, will speak of me, as, you find
The most enduring reminders of the first people are made of the stone — freed from the bedrock and raised towards the sky; used as canvases for works of art; piled high as houses of the living and of the dead; scorched and cracked by home fires of long ago; chipped and polished as tools.
— Neil Oliver
Revision is the lifeblood of historical scholarship. History is a continuing dialogue between the present and the past. Interpretations of the past are subject to change in response to new evidence, new questions asked of the evidence, new perspectives gained by the passage of time. There is no single, eternal, and immutable “truth” about past events and their meaning. The unending quest of historians for understanding the past—that is, “revisionism”—is what makes history vital and meaningful.
— James McPherson
White Australia has a Black history.
— Author unknown
Well they were standin’ on the shore one day
Saw the white sails in the sun
Wasn’t long before they felt the sting
White man, white law, white gun
Don’t tell me that it’s justified
Cause somewhere someone lied
Yeah, well someone lied
Well someone lied oh
— Shane Howard
Imagine if ours was the oldest culture in the world and we were told that it was worthless. Imagine if we had resisted this settlement, suffered and died in the defence of our land, and then were told in history books that we had given up without a fight. Imagine if non-Aboriginal Australians had served their country in peace and war and were then ignored in history books. Imagine if our feats on sporting fields had inspired admiration and patriotism and yet did nothing to diminish prejudice. Imagine if our spiritual life was denied and ridiculed. Imagine if we had suffered the injustice and then were blamed for it. It seems to me that if we can imagine the injustice we can imagine its opposite. And we can have justice.
— Paul Keating
Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within.
— Oodgeroo Noonuccal
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
— Karl Marx
I ….. swear that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lord the King in the Australian Imperial Force from ….. until the end of the War, and a further period of four months thereafter unless sooner lawfully discharged, dismissed, or removed therefrom; and that I will resist His Majesty’s enemies and cause His Majesty’s peace to be kept and maintained; and that I will in all matters appertaining to my service, faithfully discharge my duty according to law. So help me God.
— Australian Imperial Force, Oath of enlistment
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
— Laurence Binyon
There never was a good war or a bad peace.
— Benjamin Franklin
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
— Virginia Woolf
You can’t get at the truth by writing history; only the novelist can do that.
— Gerald Brenan
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
— John Lennon
I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.
(Catherine Morland on History in Northanger Abbey)
— Jane Austen
Give your child two lasting things. One is roots, the other wings.