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A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. Napoleon Bonaparte
The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation they spread, which has manifested in our public monuments and our history books. James W. Loewe
90,000 Kentuckians fought for the United States, while 35,000 fought for the Confederate States. Nevertheless, ... the state now has 72 Confederate monuments and only two Union ones. James W. Loewe
The Army runs Fort A.P. Hill, named for a Confederate general whose men killed African American soldiers after they surrendered. James W. Loewe
It is a callous age; we have seen so many marvels that we are ashamed to marvel more; the seven wonders of the world have become seven thousand wonders. L. Frank Baum
It would be difficult to find another spot on Earth that presents so many objects of past grandeur and present misery as the Roman Campagna. The ruins, scattered on all sides, give pleasure to the antiquary … but the lover of mankind mourns over it as a graveyard of past glories, with the priests for sextons. Guiseppe Garibaldi
Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here we lie obedient to their laws. Anonymous
Hoover Dam Boulder Dam Anonymous
Shall we neglectfully pass thee by, now thou art prostrate on the ground because thou once invaded Greece, or shall we erect thee again in consideration of the greatness of thy mind and thy other virtues? Alexander III
With monuments as with men, position means everything. Honore de Balzac
I believe it will last until eternity. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us. Winston Churchill
With the exception of the occasion of my notification, I did not attend any partisan meetings or make any purely political speeches during the campaign. I spoke several times at the dedication of a monument, the observance of the anniversary of an historic event, at a meeting of some commercial body, or before some religious gathering. Calvin Coolidge
Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, you must be solemn, solemn as an ass. All great monuments are built over solemn asses. Thomas Corwin
We do not have orders or decorations ... We have no tradition of formality ... One thing, however, is within the power of Israel to confer. It is the gift of immortality ... We are now writing the name of President Truman upon the map of our country. In a village ... we establish ... near the gateway to Israel, we establish a monument not of dead stone but of living hope. [Truman Village] Abba Eban
The statues are no big issue. They are only objects made of mud or stone. Quadratullah Jamal
Civic courage is the kind of valor to which the monuments of nations should most of all be reared. William James
In politics, as in religion, there are devotees who show their reverence for a departed saint by converting his tomb into a sanctuary for crime. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Titles were symbols, just as impressive buildings were symbols, except that titles, unlike buildings, cost nothing. David McCullough
I will never, never forsake my God from whom the laws of our country derive. Roy Moore
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson
Having conceived a violent enmity to them Caligula [The Roman Emperor] took possession of the synagogues in the other cities after beginning with those of Alexandria, by filling them with images and statues of himself... Philo Judaeus
I have your reference to the text for the pamphlet descriptive of the Boulder Canyon Project for use at the Century of Progress Exposition. I would be glad if you will refer to the dam as 'Boulder Dam' in this pamphlet as well as in correspondence and other references to the dam as you may have occasion to make in the future. Harold L. Ickes
Mankind, devising some consolation for the frail and precarious duration of human life, have thought by the erection of monuments to glorify the memories of their ancestors with immortal honors. Some have employed the vivid delineations and colors of painting; some have carved statues from lifeless blocks of wood; while others, by engraving their inscriptions deep on tablets and monuments, have thought to transmit the virtues of those whom they honored to perpetual remembrance. Eusebius of Caesarea; Eusebius Pamphilus
Awaken a feeling that our ancient buildings are not mere ecclesiastical toys, but sacred monuments of the nation's growth and hope. William Morris
It is for all these buildings, therefore, of all times and styles, that we plead, and call upon those who have to deal with them to put Protection in the place of Restoration, to stave off decay by daily care, to prop a perilous wall or mend a leaky roof by such means as are obviously meant for support or covering, and show no pretence of other art, and otherwise to resist all tampering with either the fabric or ornament of the building as it stands; if it has become inconvenient for its present use, to raise another building rather than alter or enlarge the old one; in fine to treat our ancient buildings as monuments of a bygone art, created by bygone manners, that modern art cannot meddle with without destroying. William Morris
Our ancient historical monuments are national property and ought no longer to be left to the mercy of the many and variable ideas of ecclesiastical propriety that may at any time be prevalent among us William Morris
Long shall Germany live in shame and humiliation, a prey to inner conflict and alien arrogance, until her people return to the ideals from which they were seduced by selfish ambition, and until true religion and loyalty, unity of purpose and self-denial shall again render them capable of erecting such a building as this. Joseph Gorres
Woe to the people that fails to honor its heroes! Rudolf Hess
The life of man needs to be consecrated. Felix Adler
… history is that which transforms documents into monuments Michel Foucault
I have the honor to inform you that I have been apprized by His Holiness the Pope. . . of his intention to contribute a block of marble toward the erection of the national monument to the memory of Washington. The block was taken from the ruins of the ancient Temple of Peace, adjoining the palace of the Caesars, and is to receive the inscription of ‘Rome to America’. Lewis Cass Jr.
White House Theodore Roosevelt
Those only deserve a monument who do not need one. William Hazlitt
If you seek our Founding Fathers monument, just look around you. Warren Buffett
All great people glorify their history and look back upon their early attainments with a spiritualized vision. Kelly Miller
It is of the essence of traditions that they cover or conceal their humble foundations by erecting impressive edifices on them. Leo Strauss
The ancient city Aqpu, where kings who had preceded me had built, had deteriorated and turned into ruined hills. I rebuilt the city completely, decorated it and made it bigger than it was before. I then built my palace. Adad Nirari II
A degree of silence envelops [George] Washington’s actions; he moved slowly; one might say that he felt charged with future liberty, and that he feared to compromise it. It was not his own destiny that inspired this new species of hero: it was that of his country; he did not allow himself to enjoy what did not belong to him; but from that profound humility what glory emerged! Search the woods where Washington’s sword gleamed: what do you find? Tombs? No; a world! Washington has left the United States behind for a monument on the field of battle. Francois Rene de Chateaubriand
What the masses want are monuments. Jean Drapeau
Symbols are important. Mario Cuomo
They only name things after you when you're dead or really old. George W. Bush