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A throne is only a bench covered with velvet. Napoleon Bonaparte
There it is. Take it. William Mulholland
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
If it is right to honor those who served in the cause of war, then it is equally right to honor those who served the cause of resistance to war. Samuel H. Day Jr.
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
The Holy Places shall be protected from desecration and any other violation and from anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places. Whosoever desecrates or otherwise violates a Holy Place shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of seven years. Whosoever does anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of five years. Levi Eshkol
Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God. Anonymous
The best way to get praise is to die. Anonymous
Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here we lie obedient to their laws. Anonymous
John Brown of Kansas: he dared begin; he lost, but losing, won. Anonymous
In Washington DC, most of the honest and courageous people are statues. Anonymous
Peace Bridge Anonymous
This tomb is erected to the memory of Thayendanegea, or Captain Joseph Brant, principal chief and warrior of the Six Nations Indians, by his fellow subjects, admirers of his fidelity and attachment to the British Crown. Anonymous
I’m not blind or deaf to the fact that there are those who feel this is a ceremony that should not take place. Spiro Agnew
With monuments as with men, position means everything. Honore de Balzac
I believe it will last until eternity. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
I would hope to glorify freedom and liberty over there [America] in the hope that it may be regained over here [France.] Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
Never was a memorial yet erected that was not subject to criticism. John Joseph Boylan
For years our opponents were hoping to see President Reagan's back against the wall here in the White House. I don't think this is exactly what they had in mind ... George W. Bush
Posthumously means getting something after you’re dead, which is not as good as getting something while you are alive, but better than not getting anything at all. Eliza Carbone
I would much rather be asked, why I do not have one, than why I do have one. Cato the Elder; Cato the Censor; Marcus Porcius Cato
America is so terribly grim in spite of all that material prosperity.... Compassion and the old neighborliness have gone, people stand by and do nothing when friends and neighbors are attacked, libeled and ruined. The worst thing is what is done to the children. They are being taught to admire and emulate stool pigeons, to betray and to hate, and all in a sickening atmosphere of religious hypocrisy. Charlie Chaplin
We have no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution. Rufus Choate
We shape a building and thereafter the building shapes us. Winston Churchill
We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us. Winston Churchill
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
Remember the days of old, Think of the generations of long ago; Ask your father to recount it And your elders to tell the tale. Book of Deuteronomy
Men moralize among ruins. Benjamin Disraeli
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
When you go home, tell them of us and say, “For tomorrow these gave their today.” J. M. Edmonds
There has been no great people without processions, and the man who thinks himself too wise to be moved by them to anything but contempt, is like the puddle that was proud of standing alone while the river rushed by. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
I want them to forget me. Joao Figueiredo
[President] McKinley gave [Lt. Andrew Sommers] Rowan a letter to be delivered to [General Calixto] Garcia: Rowan took the letter and did not ask, "Where is he at?" By the eternal, there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college in the land. It is not book learning that young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust to act promptly, concentrate their energies, do the thing—"carry a message to Garcia. Elbert Hubbard
In five days I will begin to dig. Indravarman
Civic courage is the kind of valor to which the monuments of nations should most of all be reared. William James
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom & Father of the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson
Lift Every Voice and Sing James Weldon Johnson
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
Of all the delusions that existed, Posthumous Fame was the greatest. James Mackintosh
Heaven alone knows why I won it. John Major
I will never, never forsake my God from whom the laws of our country derive. Roy Moore
I don’t care how many laws you have to break. I want the Guggenheim [Museum] built. Robert Moses
The lower classes ... carry off whatever they can lay their hands on. [The President refused.] Benjamin Henry Latrobe
To the memory of the man, first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen. Henry Lee
We have pleaded to the entertainment industry to raise their standards and protect our children. Joseph I. Lieberman
One of the first bits of protocol I learned was that when awarding a woman a medal, you hand it to her. C. Everett Koop
The war memorial has two separate columns of names – the white and the colored dead. Christopher Isherwood
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson
We shall lose one advantage of a man’s dying if we are to have a statue of him forthwith…. We should wait till their bones begin to crumble – and then avoid too near a likeness to the living. Henry David Thoreau
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
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
This embattled shore, portal of freedom, is forever hallowed by the ideas, valor and sacrifice of our fellow countrymen. Anonymous
The life of man needs to be consecrated. Felix Adler
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.
The Capitol Thomas Jefferson
White House Theodore Roosevelt
In this great auditorium under the sky all of us are free. When God gave us this wonderful outdoors …, He made no distinction of race, or creed, or color. Harold L. Ickes
The great Napoleon who devised the Legion of Honor, knew human weakness and recognized the irrepressible inclination of the citizens of a republic to covet the titles and insignia their democracy teaches them to disdain. William Randolph Hearst
Architecture is a political art connecting our values to the ages. Daniel P. Moynihan
If you seek our Founding Fathers monument, just look around you. Warren Buffett
Only a dead nation remembers its heroes when they die. Real nations respect them when they are alive. Bacha Khan; Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Architecture has paid high tribute to the leaders of mankind. William McKinley
From Rome to America A Roma Americae Pius IX; Giovanni Maria
Young people who have worked in NYA, boys who have worked on the CCC programs, saving our soil and improving our forests, men who have worked on WPA, and women too, will get little credit or thanks for the things which have come to be accepted as part of the landscape. These things would never have been done if it had not been for this period of depression and the necessity of putting people to work for the Government. This woman thinks an immense physical improvement has been made and a greatly added interest in government has begun to take hold on the people. This is the greatest gain which can be made in a democracy. Eleanor Roosevelt
… the whole earth is the sepulcher of famous men; and their story is not graven only on stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives. Pericles
May this civic and social landmark ... be a constant reminder of the inspiring service that has been rendered to civilization by men and women of the Jewish faith. May we recall the long array of those who have been eminent in statecraft, in science, in literature, in art, in the professions, in business, in finance, in philanthropy and in the spiritual life of the world. Calvin Coolidge
Remembering doesn’t help the remembered. It is for the rest of us. Andy Rooney
Calvin Coolidge inaugurated the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 1923. The reasons for it were completely secular. The Electric Companies wanted to encourage electric lights on Christmas trees. So did the insurance companies since so many fires occurred as a result of lighted candles [on trees]. Albert J. Menendez
On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. Mark Twain
Public shows of honor are pleasant, but private ones are pleasanter, because they are above suspicion. Mark Twain
He is in Glory. The World is in Tears. Anonymous
We should not put up statues of living people. We make ourselves hostage to fortune. Robert M. Shrum
He is in glory. The world is in tears. Anonymous
If I have done any honorable exploit, that is my monument; but if I have done none, all your statues will signify nothing. Agesilaus II
May a monument be erected to me in your hearts, as it is to you in mine. Alexander II
Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughness, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me; otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it. Oliver Cromwell
Solomon, I have surpassed thee. Justinian I
The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. John Adams
It is exactly here that my statue should be erected. Here where people have their first view of the New World. I have found the admirable spot. It is Bedlow’s Island. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
She will not resemble those bronze colossus so venerated … proudly cast from cannon captured from the enemy. Our statue will be made of pure copper and it shall be the product of labor and peace. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
I will try to glorify the republic and liberty over there in the hope that someday I will find it again here in France. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
Countries that have tremendous financial resources built fabulous buildings which are half-empty, and streets which have no one on them. Viktor Vekselberg
Castles, palaces, cathedrals, fortresses, all speak in their various ways of the greatness and the strength of the people who built them and against whom they were built. This real greatness shines through the fake grandeur of rulers and endows these buildings with a lasting beauty. Henri Lefebvre
… the City of Washington, our National capital, we should have not only beautiful memorials, fine government buildings, but in miniature a government running the model institutions of the nation. Here is where foreign countries are represented, where foreign visitors come, where big national conventions meet, where in certain months of the year, school children come in great numbers. In fact, tourists from every part of the country are always in and out of Washington. Here is the place to demonstrate what government at its best can do. Eleanor Roosevelt
It embodied what came before. Illuminated what came after. Abd al-Rahman I
Simple projects such as paving roads, can do more to boost a poor economy than a premature push to develop cutting-edge technologies, but soon the benefits of basic infrastructure run their course. Ruchiir Sharma
Refrain from claiming that public works created indirect jobs as a result of spending by construction workers Franklin D. Roosevelt
Two Million Wild Horses Wenatchee World Newspaper
What the masses want are monuments. Jean Drapeau
Who is all this power going to be for—the jackrabbits? Anonymous
First class infrastructure produces first class jobs. Barack Obama
Anybody who is against that obviously must be a communist. James Arthur Gibbons
All honor to the noble women that have devoted earnest lives to the intellectual needs of mankind! Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Fifty years from now there will be statues of me all over Germany Hermann Goering
Symbols are important. Mario Cuomo
They only name things after you when you're dead or really old. George W. Bush
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent your sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well. Kemal Ataturk
It is better to deserve honors and not have them, than to have them and not deserve them.. Mark Twain
New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were brought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture. America was the place where nearly 4,000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp. So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth. And it immediately begs the questions: why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame … all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans? So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission. Mitch Landrieu
First erected over 166 years after the founding of our city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War, the monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy. It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for. After the Civil War, these statues were a part of that terrorism as much as a burning cross on someone’s lawn; they were erected purposefully to send a strong message to all who walked in their shadows about who was still in charge in this city. Mitch Landrieu