„At every period in her history, in different circumstances, the Grand Duchy has had to reinvent herself.“
— Henri of Luxembourg Grand Duke (head of state) of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg 1955
An all Period vu senger Geschicht huet de Grand-Duché sech nei erfonnt, an huet dat och misse maachen. Speech on National Day, http://www.monarchie.lu/fr/actualites/discours/2014/06/23062014-fetnat/index.html (23 June 2014)
— Alan Greenspan 13th Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States 1926
At a symposium sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 26, 2005 http://www.federalreserve.gov/Boarddocs/Speeches/2005/20050826/default.htm.
„We are in a strange period of history in which a revolutionary has to be a patriot and a patriot has to be a revolutionary.“
— George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Letter to The Tribune (20 December 1940), later published in A Patriot After All, 1940-1941 (1999) <!-- Volume 12 of The Complete Works of George Orwell -->
„No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.“
— Alfred North Whitehead English mathematician and philosopher 1861 - 1947
Ch. 32, January 13, 1944.
„The lapse of ages has not rendered us wiser in this respect. In our own time the public delight in blending fable with history.“
— François Arago French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and politician 1786 - 1853
Context: The ancients had a taste, let us say rather a passion, for the marvellous, which caused them to forget even the sacred duties of gratitude. Observe them, for example, grouping together the lofty deeds of a great number of heroes, whose names they have not even deigned to preserve, and investing the single personage of Hercules with them. The lapse of ages has not rendered us wiser in this respect. In our own time the public delight in blending fable with history. In every career of life, in the pursuit of science especially, they enjoy a pleasure in creating Herculeses. Joseph Fourier, p. 408.
„There has never been a time in history when more of our "culture" was as "owned" as it is now. And yet there has never been a time when the concentration of power to control the uses of culture has been as unquestioningly accepted as it is now.“
— Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961
— William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980
An Almanac of Liberty (1954), p. 107
„It gives liberty and breadth to thought, to learn to judge our own epoch from the point of view of universal history, history from the point of view of geological periods, geology from the point of view of astronomy.“
— Henri-Frédéric Amiel Swiss philosopher and poet 1821 - 1881
20 July 1848
„Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.“
— Jean Paul Sartre French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary c... 1905 - 1980
"Orphée Noir (Black Orpheus)"
„There have certainly been many periods in history when virtue was more rare than under the Caesars; but there has probably never been a period when vice was more extravagant or uncontrolled.“
— William Edward Hartpole Lecky British politician 1838 - 1903
Chapter 5 (3rd edition p. 303)
„The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, to the best of my recollection, ever condemned capitalist society.“
— Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
„No one can be certain what the future will bring. No one can say whether the time has come for an easing of the struggle. But history and our own conscience will judge us harsher if we do not now make every effort to test our hopes by action. And this is the place to begin.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
„The history of mankind is confined within a limited period, and from every quarter brings an intimation that human affairs have had a beginning.“
— Adam Ferguson Scottish philosopher and historian 1723 - 1816
PART II, SECTION I.
„Man is the only living species that has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.“
— Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism