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He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be - a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. A. J. P. Taylor

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In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer - the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power. A. J. P. Taylor

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Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. A. J. P. Taylor

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In the past, I used to counter any such notions by asking myself: 'Would you really want President Hattersley?' I now find that possibility rather cheers me up. With his chubby, Dickensian features and his knowledge of T.H. Green and other harmless leftish political classics, Hattersley might not be such a bad thing after all. A. N. Wilson

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You know how in every heist movie they get past the security cameras that show the hallway leading to the diamonds by jamming the screens with a fake signal of everything looking safe and quiet? Usually a guard coughs so they don't notice the blip from switching to the bogus feed. Adam McKay

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Other than Green Day, we haven't had a lot of protest music over the past few decades. Adam McKay

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In the past, in the '60s and '70s, genres were much more segmented. You had action guys who were deadly serious about it, and I think you had comics that were comics. Adam McKay

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It seems we're not only uninformed about our present, we're ignorant of our past. Adora Svitak

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I would love it if we made more comparisons between current issues and issues of the past. Maybe we'd realize that sometimes 'current issues' and 'past issues' are one and the same. Our world's people still fight over natural resources, kill in the name of religion, occupy regions and give them up - just as we did 'so long ago.' Adora Svitak

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As someone from, and directly involved with, this part of the world, I am convinced Arabs are qualified to regain their glorious past. Ahmed Zewail

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I was terrified of being on stage, and I had to work very hard at a craft to get past that. Alan Arkin

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I don't just want my books to be about the '30s and '40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then. I think of them as '40s novels, written in the conservative narrative past. Alan Furst

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In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it. Alberto Giacometti

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Mr. Snowden did not start out as a spy, and calling him one bends the term past recognition. Spies don't give their secrets to journalists for free. Alex Berenson

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In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. Alex Haley

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The South is full of memories and ghosts of the past. For me, it is the most inspiring place to write, from William Faulkner's haunted antebellum home to the banks of the Mississippi to the wind that whispers through the cotton fields. Alexandra Adornetto

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There are people who have benefited from therapy without being confronted with the past at all. Alice Miller

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Time is something that interests me a whole lot - past and present, and how the past appears as people change. Alice Munro

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People are more aware now of cities and of different ways of life. I suppose the writing I do is a bit in the past, and I'm not sure it's the kind of writing I would do if I were starting now. Alice Munro

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For better or worse, we live in possible worlds as much as actual ones. We are cursed by that characteristically human guilt and regret about what might have been in the past. But that may be the cost for our ability to hope and plan for what might be in the future. Alison Gopnik

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While writing, saying, and doing much, Mr. Trump is apologizing for his past sins. He's walking away from supporting abortion, hurling insults and more. Now, America needs to follow suit and apologize for the scourge of legal abortion that has left millions of empty cradles, wombs barren, women's health damaged, and families broken. Alveda King

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Apology is often the first step in correcting a wrong. Having moved for a position of saying 'I don't need forgiveness,' Mr. Trump is now taking a second look at past behaviors, things that he's said and done that he regrets. While he is not asking for forgiveness for being human, he is admitting that he's made mistakes and humbly making apologies. Alveda King

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I think I'm past the age of getting lost. Amanda Seyfried

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For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. Amy Lowell

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Not to sound too Dr. Phil all of a sudden, but I think the key to survival is to embrace one's past and to not run away from it. And to come to some sort of relationship with it or understanding of it. Anderson Cooper

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I've been criticized for not having perspective in the past and I thought that of myself many times but not there. Andre Agassi

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The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. Andre Maurois

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Tiptoeing on a tightrope past insider trading laws may be deft and clever, but it doesn't make it right. Andrew Ross Sorkin

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You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future. Andy Griffith

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When you have such a huge past, a big background as we have, you can play off that - a lot of people do. But we felt we wouldn't have a legitimate future unless we put something new together. Andy Taylor

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