I don't deny the importance of genetics. However, the fact that I might be altruistic isn't because I have a gene for altruism; the fact that I do something for my children at some cost to myself comes from a history that has operated on me.
We've persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people - a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization. Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it's time to turn the page.
I became a student of the history of religion. I am fascinated by how religions often center on mystical experience, and in the Old Testament tradition you find flames, the burning bush.
There's always a part of your nation's history that you haven't been told that... has a powerful impact on how you yourself may behave and may believe.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
I've always been interested in the history of the West, our country and particularly as it relates to the Native Americans - the original Americans.
These days I wonder more and more why people are pessimistic when American history actually supports optimism.
President Obama is a gifted politician. He is gifted with rhetoric virtuosity. He is gifted with the ability to lie directly to camera without blinking. And he is gifted with some of the most incompetent conservative opposition in the history of the country.
I thought that all of the sacrifices and blessings of the whole history of mankind have devolved upon me. Thank you, God.
Fascism is a religion. The twentieth century will be known in history as the century of Fascism.