Portal:History/Quote

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Process

This section uses the following layout template:

{{Portal:History/Quote/Layout
| quote = the actual quote
| speaker = who the quote is attributed to
| description = comments on the source - who is the person who said it?
| source= default source should be Wikiquote, leave this blank if it is.
}}

If you wish to add a quote to this section, create a new page at the first available slot using the above template, and then this section's {{Random portal component}}'s max= parameter on the actual portal should be incremented. Quotes should be well-sourced, noted thoughts and saying from important and relevant people; bonus points if they encapsulate the person saying them. Try to avoid systematic bias; this section's selections were crafted to represent as wide a world view as possible. Lastly, do not flood this section with quotes; we want to keep the number at or around 20.

Selections

Quote 1

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Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas Edisonscientist and inventor
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Quote 2

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In truth history does not belong to us but rather we to history.

Hans-Georg GadamerGerman philosopher
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Quote 3

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

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Quote 4

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If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.

Henry ClayAmerican statesman
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Quote 5

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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Sun TzuAncient Chinese military strategist
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Quote 6

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What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?

Winston ChurchillBritish statesman
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Quote 7

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Time's glory is to command contending kings,
To unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light.

William Shakespeareplaywright
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Quote 8

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Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth.

GandhiIndian political and spiritual leader
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Quote 9

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What we find in books is like the fire in our hearths. We fetch it from our neighbors, we kindle it at home, we communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

Voltaire18th century French philosopher
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Quote 10

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Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.

Nelson MandelaSouth African diplomat
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Quote 11

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Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers.

Muhammad7th century Islamic prophet
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Quote 12

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Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

Gautama Buddhafounder of Buddhism
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Quote 13

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Strike an enemy once and for all. Let him cease to exist as a tribe or he will live to fly in your throat again.

Shaka19th century Zulu king
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Quote 14

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Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Benjamin FranklinAmerican statesman
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Quote 15

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Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.

Julius CaesarRoman emperor
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Quote 16

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My heart is a stone: heavy with sadness for my people; cold with the knowledge that no treaty will keep whites out of our lands; hard with the determination to resist as long as I live and breathe.

TecumsehNative American tribal chief
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Quote 17

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As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness!

Leon Trotsky20th century Russian revolutionary
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Quote 18

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The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker.

Richard NixonAmerican president
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Quote 19

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I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts — the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products.

Richard Wagner19th century German composer
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Quote 20

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It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

Aristotle4th-century Greek philosopher
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Quote 21

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What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world.

Yukio MishimaJapanese author
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Quote 25

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