Quotes

On this page you can find quotes about history and a few other things.
Happy reading!

 

August 2017

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.
—Anonymous

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
— Anonymous

July 2017

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
Someone lied
Genocide
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

May 2017

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.
— Karl Marx

April 2017

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

March 2017

There never was a good war or a bad peace.
— Benjamin Franklin

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
— Virginia Woolf


Before 2017

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.
— Anonymous


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