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Quotes related to historical events.

Julian the ApostateYou have won, O Galilean.

—  Julian the Apostate, 331-363 AD, Roman emperor

     (his last words dying after the battle in Maranga against Persians)

Julius CaesarI came, I saw, I won.

Veni, vidi, vici.

—  Julius Caesar, 101-14 BC, Roman general & Consul

     (message to the Senate after his victory over Pharnaces of Pontus in 47 BC)

Madame de PompadourAfter us the deluge.

Apres nous, le deluge.

—  Madame de Pompadour, mistress of the French King Louis XV

ArchimedesEureka! (I found! I found!)

Εύρηκα! Εύρηκα!

—  Archimedes, 287-212 BC, Ancient Greek mathematician & inventor

     (running naked from his bath after dicovering the 'Archimedes principle')

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

—  National motto of France and a slogan of the French Revolution

Winston ChurchillBritain and France had to choose between war and dishonour. They chose dishonour. They will have war.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

     (to Neville Chamberlain after the Munich accords, 1938)

Ronald ReaganMr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

John KennedyIch bin ein Berliner!

I am a Berliner!

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

     (from a June 26, 1963 speech in West Berlin)

Charles de GaulleFrance has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Douglas MacArthurI Shall Return.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Franklin RooseveltI pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

     (speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, 1932)



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Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
G. Santayana

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