“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
– Winston Churchill.
You’ve probably heard that famous quote before, right?
And, when you think about it, it’s pretty true…and pretty chilling…
Let’s hear from folks on AskReddit about the historic quotes that give them the chills.
1. Bloody history.
“It will cost what it will” – Albert von Bredow
After receiving orders to charge the French infantry.
It would become one of the last successful cavalry charges used in battle. More than half of them d**d in the charge.”
2. He was right.
“One day the Great European War will come out of some d**n foolish thing in the Balkans.” – Otto Von Bismarck
Said in 1888, 26 years before Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo triggering World War I.”
“My enemies are many, my equals are none. In the shade of olive trees, they said Italy could never be conquered.
In the land of Pharaohs and Kings, they said Egypt could never be humbled. In the realm of forest and snow, they said Russia could never be tamed.
Now they say nothing. They fear me, like a force of nature, a dealer in thunder and death! I say: I am Napoleon, I am Emperor. “
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”
5. Think about it.
“Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives […] On a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
6. Who said it?
“The two biggest problems in the world today are apathy and ignorance, but nobody knows and nobody cares.”
7. A proverb.
“The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because his handle was made of wood, he was one of them.”
8. An American treasure.
“I do not fear d**th, I had been d**d for billion and billions of years before I was born and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”
“There comes a time in the affairs of men when they must prepare to defend not their homes alone but the tenets of faith and humanity…”
-FDR, January 4th, 1939, eight months before the outbreak of WWII and nearly three years before Pearl Harbor.”
“I have already settled it for myself, so criticism and flattery go down the same drain, and I am quite free.”
“We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be.
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
12. God forgive them.
“If there is a God, he will have to beg for my forgiveness.”
Carved on the wall of Mauthausen concentration camp.”
Now we want to hear from you.
Please share some more memorable historical quotes with us in the comments.