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Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it

Chicago Politics thanks to Jim Serritella

Cartoon from the Chicago Tribune (1934)

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A week is a long time in politics. - Harold Wilson

There is no gambling like politics. - Benjamin Disraeli

Politics have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no reason to repeat bad history. - Eleanor Holmes Norton

In politics an absurdity is not a handicap. - Napoleon Bonaparte

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

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. - Jane Austen

Politics is just show business for ugly people. - Jay Leno

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it. - Oscar Wilde

I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics. - Molly Ivins

Chicago is an October sort of city even in spring. - Nelson Algren

Politics is the art of controlling your environment. - Hunter S. Thompson

History is a vision of God's creation on the move. - Arnold J. Toynbee

History repeats itself; historians repeat one another. - Rupert Brooke

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity. - Albert Einstein

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross

A people without history is like the wind on the buffalo grass. - Lakota Sioux Proverb

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. - Henry James

Irish people are educated not only about artistry but local history. - Fiona Shaw

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. - Mao Zedong

If the cavemen had known how to laugh, history would have been different. - Oscar Wilde

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe. - H G Wells

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon Bonaparte

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. - Alexis de Tocqueville

What is the first part of politics? Education. The second? Education. And the third? Education. - Jules Michelet

I can't understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it. - George Burns

We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word? - John Guare

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented. - Molly Ivins

If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us. - Unknown

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

One thing I carried my whole life, especially from my grandparents in Chicago, was a huge idealism for the world. - Abigail Washburn

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mahatma Gandhi

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. - Dwight D Eisenhower

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President. - Lyndon B. Johnson

I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power. - Robert Frost

Street League Skateboarding is the premier professional skateboarding league in the world, with the biggest prize money in history. - Rob Dyrdek

I see history as really cyclical in terms of the intense idealism, and the desire to create a better life outside of societal norms. - Lauren Groff

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation. - Tom Stoppard

It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history. - Renata Adler

I know of no other man in our time, or indeed in recent history, who so convincingly demonstrated the power of the spirit over material things. - Stafford Cripps


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