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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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All politics is local. - Thomas P O'Neil

All politics is applesauce. - Will Rogers

History is written by the victors. - Niccolo Machiavelli

History develops, art stands still. - E.M. Forster

Stand up and walk out of your history. - Phil McGraw

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport. - Barrack Obama

That great dust-heap called 'history'. - Augustine Birrell

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

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

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

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. - Winston Churchill

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you. - Ralph Nader

If you think you have it tough, read history books. - Bill Maher

It's a very good historical book about history. - Dan Quayle

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand. - Annie Besant

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. - Edmund Burke

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

History never looks like history when you are living through it. - John W. Gardner

Nowadays the clinical history too often weighs more than the man. - Martin H. Fischer

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself. - Gertrude Stein

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know. - Harry S Truman

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul. - Lord Acton

I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our 52 states. - Raquel Welch

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

A filmmaker we almost lost to politics... my friend and colleague, Warren Beatty. - Jack Nicholson

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

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism. - Bill Moyers

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

There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good. - Stephen Colbert

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

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is God's Gift. That's why we call it the 'Present.' - Bill Keane

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those? - Gilbert Highet

When it comes to politics, I sit down on a sofa and grab some popcorn - or sometimes I crouch down in order not to get shot. - Sergey Galitsky

Mr. Gorbachev has apparently stumbled onto one of the best-kept secrets in recent Soviet history: Communism doesn't work. - Frank Zappa

He's ... probably the greatest corporate leader in the history of a major company... Somebody like that would be absolutely incredible. - Donald Trump

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. - Aldous Huxley


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