Prescott Bush quotes

  • I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

  • By establishing reading societies, and subscription libraries, and taking these under our direction, and supplying them through our labors, we may turn the public mind which way we will.

  • a historical reconstruction as sanitised as the Kremlin's, and a future vision as uncognisant of contemporary pointers as Peter Pan's. It is a magic carpet under which everything has been swept.

  • History has become more important than ever because of the to unprecedented ability of the historical sciences to take in man's life on earth as a whole.

  • Those who deny the existence of the truth postulate the truth of their denial and plainly contradict themselves.

  • Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day

  • Mickey Mouse... is always there-he's part of my life. That really is something not everyone can call their claim to fame.

  • This theory [the oxygen theory] is not as I have heard it described, that of the French chemists, it is mine (elle est la mienne); it is a property which I claim from my contemporaries and from posterity.

  • An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.

  • Democracy only works when we claim it as our own

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