Human History Quotes

Human History Quotes by Daniel J. Boorstin, Wendy Wright, Philip Wylie, Karen Traviss, Ban Ki-moon, David Miliband and many others.

Throught human history, illusions of knowledge, not ignorance, have proven to be the principal obstacles to discovery
Daniel J. Boorstin
There is a divinity awaiting entry into human history at the threshold of our heart’s doors.
Wendy Wright
Our history is every human history; a black and gory business, with more scoundrels than wise men at the lead, and more louts than both put together to cheer and follow.
Philip Wylie
The biggest battles in human history can only ever be seen through the eyes of the bloke on the front line, and that’s by definition a very focused view and one that will vary from individual to individual.
Karen Traviss
I will do everything in my power to ensure that our United Nations can live up to its name, and be truly united; so that we can live up to the hopes that so many people around the world place in this institution, which is unique in the annals of human history.
Ban Ki-moon
In the end, human history is made up of all our decisions.
David Miliband
Data will always bear the marks of its history. That is human history held in those data sets.
Kate Crawford
For most of human history, there was a ruling class and then there was everybody else. If you were part of everybody else, it wasn’t your job to imagine a different future, different ways of doing things. So, imagination is a fairly modern phenomenon.
Jay S. Walker
If you look throughout human history … the central epiphany of every religious tradition always occurs in the wilderness.
John F. Kennedy
For our hope in the future is cosmic, forging human history into eternity.
David Paul
Men have said that the cross of Christ was not a heroic thing, but I want to tell you that the cross of Jesus Christ has put more heroism in the souls of men than any other event in human history.
John G. Lake
For unnumbered centuries of human history the wilderness has given way. The priority of industry has become dogma. Are we as yet sufficiently enlightened to realize that we must now challenge that dogma, or do without our wilderness? Do we realize that industry, which has been our good servant, might make a poor master?
Aldo Leopold
One of the wonderful things about free markets is that the path to greater wealth comes not from looting, plundering and enslaving one’s fellow man, as it has throughout most of human history, but by serving and pleasing him.
Walter E. Williams
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson
Like all major transitions in human history, the shift from a linear to a circular economy will be a tumultuous one. It will feature heroes and pioneers, naysayers and obstacles, and moments of victory and doubt. If we persevere, however, we will put our economy back on a path of growth and sustainability.
Frans van Houten
We stand on a great threshold in the human history of space exploration. If life is prevalent in our neighborhood of the galaxy, it is within our resources and technological reach to be the first generation in human history to finally cross this threshold, and to learn if there is life of any kind beyond Earth.
Sara Seager
I … believe the study of human history remains important and should not be banned. We should ensure that any archaeological studies are conducted with sensitivity and respect. Reburying relics, in my view, does not help anyone go anywhere.
Richard Leakey
The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized human remains of at least a thousand different specimens in South and East Africa, more or less complete at that. I think this is where the prelude to human history was primarily played out.
Richard Leakey
I’m not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history.
Eben Alexander
September 11 had such a strong visual component, the most visually documented event in human history. Nothing’s ever been seen by as many people as that was. Our experiences of the day, our memories of the day are just so tied up in images of buildings falling and bodies falling.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Those of us who understand human history know the role taxation has played in shaping the destiny of mankind. The matter of taxes – more specifically, the right to tax – is clearly no stranger to controversy and has frequently served as the catalyst for revolutionary change.
Owen Arthur
What we have been raised to think of as inevitable – division and hierarchy, monotheism and nation states – actually accounts for less than 10 percent of human history.
Gloria Steinem
The entire sweep of human history from the dark ages into the unknown future was considerably less important at the moment than the question of a certain girl and her feelings toward him.
Arthur C. Clarke
I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is.
Maya Angelou
Take away the Holocaust and what do you have left? Without their precious Holocaust, what are the Jews? Just a grubby little bunch of international bandits and assassins and squatters who have perpetrated the most massive, cynical fraud in human history.
Harold Covington
This is the biggest cemetery for Jews, Poles, Roma and Sinti. It must tell us that we have to come back here again and again. We must keep the memory of the worst crime in human history alive for those who were born later.
Horst Kohler
We are living through the most exciting, challenging and most critical time in human history. Never before has so much been possible; and never before has so much been at stake.
Peter Russell
The long night of human history is drawing at last to its conclusion.
Terence McKenna
Columbus was above all an explorer, and his historic achievements opened the Americas to trade and the eventual English settlements, settlements which grew into the most successful bastion of freedom and prosperity in human history, the United States of America.
Tom Tancredo
I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
‘2001’ was written in an age which now lies beyond one of the great divides in human history; we are sundered from it forever by the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out on to the Sea of Tranquility. Now history and fiction have become inexorably intertwined.
Arthur C. Clarke
The uniqueness of the United States in human history is the United States is the first global power in human history which emerged far away from Africa or Asia, which is the main land of human history.
Ahmet Davutoglu
Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words can not only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.
Tony Robbins
Man is full of energy; it is up to him how to use it! You can use your energy to do harm to people or to produce art and science; or you can use it for chattering or for deceiving people! By looking at the human history, we can easily say that man is guilty of wasting his energy mostly for stupid things!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
My father, John Steinbeck, was a man who held human history in great reverence, and in particular the biographies of those people who had risked their lives, their fortunes, and their worldly honor to defend the rights and prerogatives of those who were powerless to defend themselves.
Thomas Steinbeck
Auschwitz will forever remain the black hole of the entire human history.
Isaac Herzog
These dilemmas present perhaps the most enduring conundrum of human history: can people derive their identity primarily by positive association or does life’s meaning also require negative comparison to others?
William J. Clinton
And there will continue to be a specific threat, and there will continue to be terrorism, as there has been for as long as human history exists.
Ted Koppel
The idea of nature contains, though often unnoticed, an extraordinary amount of human history.
Raymond Williams
For most of human history, the main goal of states has been to conquer land and to achieve glory for their rulers, usually at others’ expense. Then in recent decades it was all about GDP. It’s only in very recent history that rulers have been willing to commit themselves to helping their citizens live happier lives.
Geoff Mulgan
It is our misfortune, as a historical generation, to live through the largest expansion in expressive capability in human history, a misfortune because abundance breaks more things than scarcity.
Clay Shirky
Football is the most successful cult, in terms of members and profits, in human history. Oh wait, there’s also religion.
Steve Almond
When one has no character, one HAS to apply a method. Here it did wonders incontrovertibly, and I am living on the site of one of the greatest crimes in human history.
Albert Camus
The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.
Chinmayananda Saraswati
Skepticism has become a virtue. Cynicism and demand for proof has become enlightened thought. Is it any wonder that humans now feel more depressed and defeated than they have at any point in human history?
Dan Brown
It is clear that this essential Christian doctrine gives a new value to human nature, to human history and to human life which is not to be found in the other great oriental religions.
Christopher Dawson
Tackling the issue of climate change presents us with an inflection point in human history – a climate justice revolution that separates development from fossil fuels, supports people in the most vulnerable situations to adapt, allows all people to take part, and, most importantly, realise their full potential.
Mary Robinson
China and India are feeding their people for the first time in human history due to free markets, and the Left knows that, and it gets them nervous.
Dave Brat
For most of human history, ‘literature,’ both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.
Angela Carter
Prayer cannot be a request made to a theistic deity to act in human history in a particular way.
John Shelby Spong
To reclaim our past and insist that it become a part of our human history is the task that lies before us. For the future requires that women, as well as men, shape the world destiny.
Judy Chicago
Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.
Every era of renaissance has come out of new freedoms for peoples. The coming renaissance will be greater than any in human history, for this time all the peoples of the earth will share in it.
Pearl S. Buck
War is a crucial, deeply ingrained part of human history. It has to be understood.
Margaret MacMillan
All cultures through all time have constantly been engaged in a dance with new possibilities for life. Change is the one constant in human history.
Wade Davis
That the man in question should be Donald Trump, with all his personal flaws, challenges the United States and the world as never before in human history.
David Krieger
The new millennium began with a great global dream. World leaders gathered at the United Nations in 2000 and adopted, among others, a historic goal to reduce poverty by half by 2015. Never in human history had such a bold goal been adopted by the entire world in one voice, one that specified time and size.
Muhammad Yunus
The one thing that flies in the face of all human history and experience, is that the government can do a superior job than the private sector.
James Cook
China has been on a historic commodities binge as it doubled the size of its economy in recent years to become one of the world’s largest. Even so, those fundamentals begat – as they have so often throughout human history – a feeding frenzy.
Kelly Evans
I guess the reason that I’m a horror fan is that I think it gives people the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of being scared in a safe environment. I think that’s why, for all of human history, we’ve been telling each other scary stories: because it exorcises something that we need to exorcise in a safe place.
Annie Parisse
I’m just the smallest dot in a big map of human history.
Ben Casnocha
Look at electricity in human history – it took a few decades for electricity to really revolutionize the American economy. And the Internet will be the same. At some point in the future, we will arrive at a new era of low-hanging fruit.
Tyler Cowen
As a Christian I take it for granted that human history will some day end; and I am offering Omniscience no advice as to the best date for that consummation.
C. S. Lewis
In 1920 [H.G. Wells] described human history as becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Joel Garreau
One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands.
Chrissie Hynde
Human history has become too much a matter of dogma taught by ‘professionals’ in ivory towers as though it’s all fact. Actually, much of human history is up for grabs. The further back you go, the more that the history that’s taught in the schools and universities begins to look like some kind of faerie story.
Graham Hancock
The six thousand years of human history form but a portion of the geologic day that is passing over us: they do not extend into the yesterday of the globe, far less touch the myriads of ages spread out beyond.
Hugh Miller
If America wants to retain its position as a global power, its president must listen to the people and show strong leadership at this turning point in human history.
David Suzuki
I believe the twenty-first century can become the most important century of human history. I think a new reality is emerging. Whether this view is realistic or not, there is no harm in making an effort.
Dalai Lama
For the first time in 6,000 years of human history, we can have peer-to-peer exchange where trust is not a problem anymore. And it’s through the technology that underlies bitcoin. It’s called the block chain.
Patrick M. Byrne
We are at a punctuation point in human history where the Industrial Age and institutions have finally come to their logical conclusion. They have essentially run out of gas.
Don Tapscott
America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more-and nothing less. The rest-everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything ‘noble and just,’ and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history-was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle.
Ayn Rand
The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.
M. Scott Peck
In human history a moral victory is always a disaster, for it debauches and degrades both the victor and the vanquished.
H. L. Mencken
Anyway, the fascinating thing was that I read in National Geographic that there are more people alive now than have died in all of human history. In other words, if everyone wanted to play Hamlet at once, they couldn’t, because there aren’t enough skulls!
Jonathan Safran Foer
In all of human history no country or no people have suffered such terrible slavery, conquest and foreign oppression and no country and no people have struggled so strenuously for their emancipation than Sicily and the Sicilians.
Karl Marx
The Internet was supposed to be the greatest tool of global communications and means of sharing knowledge in human history. And it is. But it has also become the most effective instrument of mass surveillance and potentially one of the greatest instruments of totalitarianism in the history of the world.
Trevor Paglen
No history is mute. No matter how much they own it, break it, and lie about it, human history refuses to shut its mouth. Despite deafness and ignorance, the time that was continues to tick inside the time that is.
Eduardo Galeano
Americans believe with all their heart, the vast majority of them, and the vast majority of Floridians, that the United States of America is simply the single greatest nation in all of human history.
Marco Rubio
We have never in human history seen a run-up in credit of the kind we have just witnessed in advanced economies since 1970, and we have never observed modern finance-capitalist systems operating over a sustained period at this kind of credit-to-GDP leverage ratio.
Alan M. Taylor
Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness.
Vasily Grossman
The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.
Widely dispersed knowledge concerning the important role of basic cooperative processes among living beings may lead to the acceptance of cooperation as a guiding principle both in social theory and as a basis for human behavior. Such a development when it occurs will alter the course of human history.
Warder Clyde Allee
I think the FBI is the premier law enforcement agency in all of human history.
John Kennedy
The ’80s were fabulous. The ’90s sucked, and the ’70s were just a sad, sad time in human history. Go 1980s! There’s something that’s just so cute about that time. And not just yellow nail polish and ‘I’m a loner.’
Jennifer Sky
Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.
Barbara Ehrenreich
Every civilization sees itself as the center of the world and writes its history as the central drama of human history.
Samuel P. Huntington
All human history attests That happiness for man, – the hungry sinner! – Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 99
Lord Byron
If our moral attitudes are entirely the result of nonrational factors, such as gut feelings and the absorption of cultural norms, they should either be stable or randomly drift over time, like skirt lengths or the widths of ties. They shouldn’t show systematic change over human history. But they do.
Paul Bloom
Thousands of years of human history have shown that the ideal setting for children to grow up is with a mother and a father committed to one another, living together, and sharing the responsibility of raising their children.
Marco Rubio
It is my opinion that human history can make no sense unless evil doings are recognized for what they are, and that they are bearable only if somehow they may be redeemed.
Simon Conway Morris
The true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves.
George R. R. Martin
Any conqueror in human history has always been ultimately someone who exists purely for the expansion of their own ego, through amounting more.
Scott Derrickson
This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.
Christiana Figueres
Clashes of values and the struggle for primacy constitute a constant in human history that accounts for that other constant – conflict and war.
Charles Krauthammer
It is easier and much more satisfying to rail against the Right than to suggest that we go back to Genesis 1 and study together. Liberals can be just as intolerant as fundamentalists, and we have arrived at a moment in human history when intolerance and hope are mutually exclusive.
Robin Meyers
Religion stalks across the face of human history, knee-deep in the blood of innocents, clasping its red hands in hymns of praise to an approving God.
Philip Appleman
The two great moments in human history are the day that Christ was born and the day He was raised from the dead. These are represented by Christmas and Easter – the two biggest holidays for the church. People who don’t even go to church do go on these days.
Louie Giglio
We are entering a new phase in human history – one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population.
Jeremy Rifkin
We are entering a period of human history that may provide an answer to the question of whether it is better to be smart than stupid.
Noam Chomsky
Maxwell’s Equations have had a greater impact on human history than any ten presidents.
Carl Sagan
It is the Muslim’s conception of himself as the khulifa of Allah on the earth that makes him the vortex of human history. Only as God’s khulifa, and hence only in proper commitment to the vision of Islam, may man act responsibly in the totality of space-time.
Ismail al-Faruqi
There is only one message that can change the course of human history forever, end the torture, and bring you back to God. That message is The New Gospel: WE ARE ALL ONE.
Neale Donald Walsch
Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
Idries Shah
Throughout human history, the American Idea has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.
Paul Ryan
We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.
Pierre Omidyar
The Declaration of Independence has been called, with some justice, the most revolutionary document in human history, in that it placed the individual person first in the political scheme of things and made the legitimacy of governments and ruling classes contingent on their success at preserving individual rights.
Alan Bock
Throughout the 20th century, we created wealth through vertically integrated corporations. Now, we create wealth through networks. We are at a turning point in human history, where the industrial age has finally run out of gas.
Don Tapscott
Technology is closing the gap between what one can imagine and what one can do and as a result the equality of opportunity is unmatched in human history.
Matt Mullenweg
There are very few events that we all would point to as moments that changed the course of human history.
Phil Scott
Throughout human history, countries rise and fall. But not America-we continue to rise and rise, like dough, until Jesus bakes us in the fiery Afterscape of the Rapture.
Stephen Colbert
It is essential for evolution to become the central core of any educational system, because it is evolution, in the broad sense, that links inorganic nature with life, and the stars with the earth, and matter with mind, and animals with man. Human history is a continuation of biological evolution in a different form.
Julian Huxley
Millions of people gave their lives fighting fascism and imperialism, but Pearl Harbor was the event that forever changed the course of human history.
Sam Graves
We are at a crossroads in human history. Never before has there been a moment so simultaneously perilous and promising. We are the first species to have taken evolution into our own hands.
Carl Sagan
“Are we alone in the universe?” This is a question which goes back to the dawn of history, but for most of human history it has been in the province of religion and philosophy. Fifty or something years ago, however, it became part of science.
Paul Davies
Evolution on the large scale unfolds, like much of human history, as a succession of dynasties.
Edmund Beecher Wilson
I believe that we must maintain pride in the knowledge that the actions we take, based on our own decisions and choices as individuals, link directly to the magnificent challenge of transforming human history.
Daisaku Ikeda
The adjective ‘decent’ and the noun ‘government’ have seldom come together in the human history!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
H. G. Wells
We have learned more about the brain in the last fifteen years than in all prior human history, and the mind, once considered out of reach, is finally assuming center stage.
Michio Kaku
Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
Michael Shermer
Never since the dawn of human history, as far as I can find out, did people long settled in any region give a friendly welcome to newcomers. One of the disagreeable traits of our human nature seems to be to dislike on sight people who come later than the first settlers.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
My wife and I spent the winter in Worcestershire. This allowed me to tell everyone back home in the States, ‘We are wintering in Worcestershire.’ This may be a sentence that has never actually been uttered in human history, even by people who spend all their winters in Worcestershire.
Christopher Buckley
I’m really in the business of unifying these two tendencies that have been at odds in our human history for a very long time: the logical and the romantic.
Sean Scully
I felt shame for living in a nation of unprecedented prosperity-a nation that spends a smaller percentage of income on food than any other civilization has in human history-but in the name of affordability treats the animals it eats with cruelty so extreme it would be illegal if inflicted on a dog.
Jonathan Safran Foer
It is a curious paradox of human history that a doctrine that tells human beings to regard themselves as sacrificial animals has been accepted as a doctrine representing benevolence and love for mankind.
Nathaniel Branden
Relax,” Chiron told me. “Keep a clear head. And remember, you may be about to prevent the biggest war in human history.” “Relax,” I said. “I’m very relaxed.
Rick Riordan
Original sin is the only doctrine that’s been empirically validated by 2,000 years of human history.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
C. S. Lewis
The progressive Left can be in favor of Big Government or population control but not both. The mutual incompatibility is about to plunge Europe into societal collapse. There is no precedent in human history for economic growth on declining human capital – and that’s before anyone invented unsustainable welfare systems.
Mark Steyn
… on the whole ‘blasphemy’ has been a force for good in human history. It is part of the process by which millions of people have come to reject theocracy and think for themselves.
Katha Pollitt
For most of human history, musicians, artists, they’ve been part of the community — connectors and openers, not untouchable stars.
Amanda Palmer
Human nature is the one constant through human history. It is always there.
These numbers are staggering, in fact incomprehensible. By all accounts, we are dealing with the greatest health crisis in human history.
Nelson Mandela
I believe that the Holocaust is the most significant event in human history.
James Comey
A complete assemblage of the smallest facts of human history will tell in the end.
J. B. Bury
The white race is the cancer of human history.
Susan Sontag
No one in human history has given as much thought to the interweaving of altered states of consciousness and religion as I have.
Huston Smith
For most of human history, we lived communally in groups, and it was part of the security and nature of groups to help each other and groom each other.
Patch Adams
The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black – a first in human history – has had no impact on what are called ‘racial tensions.’
Dennis Prager
One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.
Reinhold Niebuhr
God’s aim in human history is the creation of an inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included as its primary sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.
Dallas Willard
The 20th century gave rise to one of the greatest and most distressing paradoxes of human history: that the greatest intolerance and violence of that century were practiced by those who believed that religion caused intolerance and violence.
Alister E. McGrath
Some day we hope to liberate every man on earth from the tendency as old as human history to identify our strength and manhood with the ability to control the lives, limit the chances, and doom the dreams of women and girls.
William J. Clinton
After 5,000 years of recorded human history, you wonder, what part of 2,000,000 sunrises doesn’t a pessimist understand?
Robert Breault
Once again a new world view is arising … This idea is the culmination of all human history. It holds the promise of fulfilling the great aspirations of the past and heralds the advent of the next phase of our evolution. It is the idea of conscious evolution.
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Humanitarianism needs no apology, even when its objects are Russians or Communists. Unless we recover that concern and feel it toward all men without exception, including those who are on the other side in every fratricidal dispute, we shall have lost the chief redeeming force in human history.
Ralph Barton Perry
The sustainability revolution will, hopefully, be the third major social and economic turning point in human history, following the Neolithic Revolution – moving from hunter-gathering to farming – and the Industrial Revolution
Prince Charles
Our western science is a child of moral virtues; and it must now become the father of further moral virtues if its extraordinary material triumphs in our time are not to bring human history to an abrupt, unpleasant and discreditable end.
Arnold J. Toynbee
My friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task.
Leonardo DiCaprio
We are at a major epoch in human history, which is that we don’t need sex to recreate the race. You can have babies without sex. This is the first time in human history that has been true, and it means, for example, we could do some extraordinary things.
David Cronenberg
A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient measure of social justice, to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity to most of the children born into the world, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.
H. G. Wells
It was Apollo 8 that first showed us the tiny blue marble of Earth floating in the void of space, one of the great psychological shifts in human history. From out there, we can both appreciate and begin to solve the problems of our world in ways unavailable to us otherwise.
Rick Tumlinson
In human history there has been a continuous and growing impulse toward the regeneration and transformation of humanity.
Barbara Marx Hubbard
A lot of people are waking up to human history, but so many people have been conditioned by the government controlled media to think that it’s cool not to care.
Alex Jones
It’s been by turns frustrating and fascinating and wonderful beyond imagination. If what I suspect is true, it’s one of the most important milestones in human history to acknowledge that we are not alone in the universe.
Steven M. Greer
One of the great famines in human history took place during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. [At the same time] Western journalists were reporting how marvelously Chinese society was working. We know so little [about what happens in China].
George Friedman
I tend toward the pessimistic end of the spectrum, and unfortunately there’s little in human history to convince me that pessimism is unwarranted.
Ron Currie Jr.
We will soon create intelligences greater than our own … When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity, an intellectual transition as impenetrable as the knotted space-time at the center of a black hole, and the world will pass far beyond our understanding.
Vernor Vinge
We are facing a tipping point of environmental crisis unprecedented in human history and our very survival is dependent on protecting nature.
Leonardo DiCaprio
If you want to say something truly new, you must first know everything that has been said in the human history; not half, not ninety percent, but all that has been said! Only then you can say something new, if you can!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
I think humans have always wrestled with the Divine Idea – an idea that unites and separates, creates and destroys, consoles and terrifies. Throughout human history, it is an idea that seems sometimes to have caused whole populations to rise up and slaughter one another.
Robert Winston
Religion is a by-product of fear. For much of human history it may have been a necessary evil, but why was it more evil than necessary? Isn’t killing people in the name of god a pretty good definition of insanity?
Arthur C. Clarke
Extending over more than a century and including most nations of the globe, the cause of woman suffrage has been one of the great democratic forces in human history.
Ellen DuBois
The Russian Revolution mobilized a popular passion across the world based on Marxism-Leninism, fueled by messianic zeal. It was, perhaps, after the three Abrahamic religions, the greatest millenarian rapture of human history.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Human history is a Gaian dream.
Terence McKenna
America’s development began with a large-scale ethnic cleansing, unprecedented in human history.
Vladimir Putin
Marriage has historically, as long as there’s been human history, meant a man and a woman in a relationship for life. Once we change that definition, then where does it go from there?
Mike Huckabee
It’s the oldest story in human existence. We’ve colonized someone or been colonized throughout human history. It’s amazing how fast we comply and try to get a life out of that.
Josh Holloway
Religion is the most widely debated and least agreed upon phenomenon of human history.
Georgia Harkness
It’s taken us a short time to change the nature of nature. In my lifetime, more change than during all preceding human history put together.
Sylvia Earle
It is the Soviet Union that runs against the tide of human history by denying human freedom and human dignity to its citizens.
Ronald Reagan
We are not just studying human history, we are shaping it.
Jason Russell
The long history of mankind is studded with convergences, perhaps most notably in social systems and the use of artefacts and technology. But for human history, set in the arrow of time, there appears to be one intolerable stumbling-block. This is the catastrophic failure in human values and decency.
Simon Conway Morris
I am a lay historian by nature. I seek out an empirical reflection of what truth is. I sort of want dates and motivations and I want the whole story. But I’ve always felt, unconsciously, that all human history is that connection from person to person to person, event to event to event, and from idea to idea.
Tom Hanks
It’s horrifying and absurd to think that there are currently more slaves on earth than at any other time in human history.
Louie Giglio
5,000 years of human history should not be overthrown by the acts of a few liberal judges or by the acts of a few local elected officials.
Karl Rove
Playing God is actually the highest expression of human nature. The urges to improve ourselves, to master our environment, and to set our children on the best path possible have been the fundamental driving forces of all of human history. Without these urges to ‘play God’, the world as we know it wouldn’t exist today.
Ramez Naam
Throughout human history, some of our most influential inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders have had disabilities. For example, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, and Charles Schwab are all dyslexic, while scientist Stephen Hawking has used a wheelchair for decades.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Human history began with an act of disobedience and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience.
Erich Fromm
It is a very personal thing to me, because this is my basic voice, this is where I come from, and it is one of the oldest voice styles in human history.
Klaus Nomi
By exploring other worlds we safeguard this one. By itself, I think this fact more than justifies the money our species has spent in sending ships to other worlds. It is our fate to live during one of the most perilous and, at the same time, one of the most hopeful chapters in human history.
Carl Sagan
‘Who Is This Man?’ is about the impact of Jesus on human history. Most people – including most Christians – simply have no idea of the extent to which we live in a Jesus-impacted world.
John Ortberg
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Howard Zinn
But the truth is that it is only by believing in God that we can ever criticise the Government. Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The Second World War is the largest single event in human history, fought across six of the world’s seven continents and all it oceans. It killed 50 million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilization.
John Keegan
There is no authentic inner freedom that does not, sooner or later, also affect and change human history.
Rollo May
The Fourth of July observes one of the most seismic shifts in human history.
Chad Wolf
Melted down, silver is worth a little more than four dollars an ounce. But carved, inlaid, and engraved, and identified with a particular year, it becomes the direct reflection, often the literal record, of human history, our movement through time.
Peter Landesman
It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.
Carl Sagan
In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history.
Frank Herbert
Human history is work history. The heroes of the people are work heroes.
Meridel Le Sueur
Capitalism has been one of the most dynamic forces in human history, transforming one society after another, and today it has become established as an international system determining the economic fate of most of mankind.
Peter L. Berger
We’ve got the most prosperous culture in human history and we’ve also got the biggest spiritual hole in human history. People are saying, “I can’t fill the hole with money. I can’t fill it with alcohol, or drugs, or sex, so what do I need to fill it with?”
Mark Victor Hansen
Everyone’s life is a page in the human history irrespective of the position he or she holds or the work he or she performs.
Abdul Kalam
When the survival strategy of a civilization is invalidated, in all of human history none have ever turned back from the brink.
Daniel Suarez
It will take an unprecedented act of courage, on a grand scale. You may have to do something virtually unknown in the annals of human history. … You may have to give up some of your most sacred beliefs. … let me make something clear.
Neale Donald Walsch
Throughout human history, people have developed strong loyalties to traditions, rituals, and symbols. In the most effective organizations, they are not only respected but celebrated. It is no coincidence that the most highly admired corporations are also among the most profitable.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
This is the greatest society in all of human history, the greatest country ever. Many of the decisions being made in Washington today by both parties are threatening that greatness. And if we stay on this road we’re on right now, our children are going to be the first Americans ever to inherit a diminished country.
Marco Rubio
If there’s horrible flooding in Pakistan or a horrible heat wave in Texas, we’re no longer able to call it an act of God, or a natural disaster, or something like that, the way we could have through all of human history until 35 or 40 years ago.
Bill McKibben
Name me any liquid — except our own blood — that flows more intimately and incessantly through the labyrinth of symbols we have conceived to mark our status as human beings, from the rudest peasant festival to the mystery of the Eucharist.
Clifton Fadiman
Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
The ’80s were fabulous. The ’90s sucked, and the ’70s were just a sad, sad time in human history. Go 1980s! There’s something that’s just so cute about that time. And not just yellow nail polish and ‘I’m a loner.
Jennifer Sky
For the first time in human history the psychology that is a prerequisite for intimacy has become the psychology that is a prerequisite for species survival.
Warren Farrell
Long a student and admirer of the American West, its history, its art, its culture, its cast of personalities, I’m aware that in the West a great confluence of events and people combined to create something unique in the annals of human history.
Philip Anschutz
Belief that your tribe is good and other tribes are evil is what everyone thought for most of human history.
Ben Domenech
There could be joy in destruction, too, couldn’t there? Isn’t Jesus Christ’s Second Coming supposed to occur only after a lot of unmitigated destruction? But again, human history is fraught with tragedies in which man spared no effort to destroy with millenarian joy, only to learn that no messiah appeared afterwards.
Kenzaburo Oe
All human history moves towards one great goal
James Joyce
Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation and everything that is finest in human history.
Charles Frankel
Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.
Edward Snowden
Nothing has ever looked like that ever in all of human history.
John Green
The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history.
Ha-Joon Chang
The notion of representing a sound by a graphic symbol is itself so stupefying a leap of the imagination that what is remarkable is not so much that it happened relatively late in human history, but that it happened at all.
Jack Goody
Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It’s a collective process.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group.
Carl Sagan
For most of human history, we could only watch, like bystanders, the beautiful dance of Nature. But today, we are on the cusp of an epoch-making transition, from being passive observers of Nature to being active choreographers of Nature. The Age of Discovery in science is coming to a close, opening up an Age of Mastery.
Michio Kaku
In fact, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe.
Jen Lilley
When we give our minds and our responsibility away, we give our lives away. If enough of us do it, we give the world away and that is precisely what we have been doing throughout known human history. This is why the few have always controlled the masses.
David Icke
All that is real in human history becomes irrational in the process of time.
Friedrich Engels
More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together. And that, my friends, is why we have the United Nations.
Kofi Annan
The story of FDR as U.S. Commander in Chief is a heroic war story of a president who had already overcome great adversity in facing polio but who went on to take the reins of our armed forces in the greatest conflagration in human history – on our behalf.
Nigel Hamilton
The world has entered an era of the most profound and challenging change in human history.
Stephen Covey
There are very good evolutionary reasons for having religion. From early human history we have evolved a need to see God. We have a perception of ourselves and in order for that to be a true perception we have to believe in a soul within us.
Jonathan Trigell
The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done – challenging us to a realization of a new humanity.
Jean Houston
The course of human history consists of a series of encounters between individual human beings and God in which each man and woman or child, in turn, is challenged by God to make his free choice between doing God’s will and refusing to do it.
Arnold J. Toynbee
If you look at how many thousands and thousands of pages, Web pages, are being added to the Internet every day, it’s the fastest growing organism in human history for communications.
William J. Clinton
Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I’m optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history.
Jared Diamond
In human history, we are going from knowledge to omniscience, from potence to omnipotence, from ethics and religion to righteousness. So, in my view, God comes at the end of this long process. This may not happen in our lifetimes or even in the lifetime of our species.
Martin Seligman
To take wine into your mouth is to savor a droplet of the river of human history.
Clifton Fadiman
Betting against gold is the same as betting on governments. He who bets on governments and government money bets against 6,000 years of recorded human history.
Charles de Gaulle
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
Julio Cortazar
In the long run, the oppressor is also a victim. In the short run (and so far, human history has consisted only of short runs), the victims, themselves desperate and tainted with the culture that oppresses them, turn on other victims.
Howard Zinn
Certainly one is brought to the brink of one’s sense of who one is, what one has to do, why me, why now, why in this time in history? I am really driven, believe it or not, am awakened by a sense of being in this powerful axis, this turning point in human history.
Jean Houston
World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.
Ken Follett
The effect on human consciousness of the experience of the Presence of God is subjectively transformative and identical throughout human history. It leaves a timeless mark that is verifiable as a calibration of a recorded level of conciousness.
David Hawkins
Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.
Pope John Paul II
One book that has influenced the writer very strongly is Winwood Reade’s Martyrdom of Man…It is still an extraordinarily inspiring presentation of human history as one consistent process.
William Winwood Reade
Throughout human history the waste of mind has been appalling, and, as this story is meant to show, society has conspired to promote it. No doubt the teacher is the worst criminal, but the world stands behind him and drags the student from his course.
Henry Adams
While it is unlikely that poetry or art shall eliminate the reality of war in the twenty-first century, it is thrilling to know there remain individuals, and even entire communities, still willing to invest in art and poetry’s own uniquely explosive contributions to the great, and small, dramas of human history.
For the first time in human history, society has the capacity, the knowledge and the resources to eradicate poverty
Thabo Mbeki
I always thought of Djibouti as a place where human history hasn’t really begun yet – or perhaps it’s already over. There’s something in the landscape that’s stronger than human civilisation. There’s no agriculture, for example, and there are live volcanoes.
Claire Denis
‘Human history, ‘ H.G. Wells once wrote, ‘becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ You and I cannot be indifferent to the outcome of that race. We care deeply about the winner. Because we do care so deeply about the winner, that is why we are all in the East Room of the White House today.
Lyndon B. Johnson