Top 46 Monuments Quotes

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“Delhi is fabulous – the roads, greenery, the monuments!”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“Some time ago, we went to Asia and took a camera along, and I began to do what I’d done even years ago doing people. I couldn’t get interested in it. And I did hundreds of photographs of details of the monuments as sculpture.”

― Ben Shahn

“Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labor’s monuments and statues are when a young person can find a job, when a person with disability can get access to the ordinary life that others take for granted.”

― Bill Shorten

“Protecting all this land, working with the President to establish all these monuments, to, you know… I think the President has a land protection record that’s second to no one in this century, maybe Teddy Roosevelt.”

― Bruce Babbitt

“What is it we want out of travel? Is it to take snapshots of ourselves in front of famous monuments, surrounded by other tourists? To eat unfamiliar food chosen from unintelligible menus? To earn frequent-flier miles? No. It’s to glimpse what life is like somewhere else.”

― Chris Pavone

“Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter.”

― Corey Stewart

“Are there any monuments built to demagogues? I just don’t think so.”

― Cory Booker

“Ensuring the safety and security of our monuments and infrastructure is critical to protecting our communities and the American people.”

― Dan Donovan

“Historic Amsterdam, that old part you first see when you turn up at Centraal Station, may have its monuments, but it’s also the most tawdry and overcrowded part of the city.”

― David Hewson

“It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments.”

― Dick Durbin

“The poets’ scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.”

― Edmund Spenser

“Nearly every president in the past 100 years has declared national monuments, from Teddy Roosevelt creating the Grand Canyon National Monument to George W. Bush preserving 10 islands and 140,000 square miles of ocean waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.”

― Frances Beinecke

“Monuments are for the living, not the dead.”

― Frank Wedekind

“Personally, one of the greatest sources of inspiration for my work has been architecture. I’ve had the chance to see so many exquisite structures, whether they are historical monuments or modern commercial premises.”

― Gauri Khan

“’Monuments Men’ is a movie… I don’t want to say for grown-ups, because some young folks could appreciate it, too. But if you’re expecting ‘Transformers,’ you’re going to be disappointed.”

― Grant Heslov

“’Monuments Men’ is not a docudrama. It’s not a documentary.”

― Grant Heslov

“The sanctity of our battlefields, monuments, and veterans institutions is of utmost importance to preserve military history and pay respect to those who fought.”

― Henry Waxman

“They can see the brave silhouette from almost anywhere in the District of Columbia and use it as a compass to locate other monuments and eventually to find their way out of the great, gray federal wilderness.”

― Hugh Sidey

“We must ask ourselves: Are we a confident, forward-looking nation that builds monuments – like DACA – to hope and determination? Or are we a nation that is turned inward, lauding monuments to intolerance and division?”

― Jay Inslee

“If you go to Gettysburg and take the time, maybe take a tour, maybe just drive around, read some of the monuments, read some of the plaques, you will come away changed.”

― Jeff Shaara

“Indians walk softly and hurt the landscape hardly more than the birds and squirrels, and their brush and bark huts last hardly longer than those of wood rats, while their more enduring monuments, excepting those wrought on the forests by the fires they made to improve their hunting grounds, vanish in a few centuries.”

― John Muir

“It took me some years to clear my head of what Paris wanted me to admire about it, and to notice what I preferred instead. Not power-ridden monuments, but individual buildings which tell a quieter story: the artist’s studio, or the Belle Epoque house built by a forgotten financier for a just-remembered courtesan.”

― Julian Barnes

“As I passed along the side walls of Westminster Abbey, I hardly saw any thing but marble monuments of great admirals, but which were all too much loaded with finery and ornaments, to make on me at least, the intended impression.”

― Karl Philipp Moritz

“Peace has its victories no less than war, but it doesn’t have as many monuments to unveil.”

― Kin Hubbard

“Washington in the summer is a never-ending stream of tour groups and packs of students, here to swarm the monuments, stroll the National Mall, and learn about our nation’s history and government.”

― Kristen Soltis Anderson

“Our democracy is not a product but a continual process. It is preserved not by monuments but deeds. Sometimes it needs refining; sometimes it needs amending; sometimes it needs defending. Always, it needs improving.”

― Lee H. Hamilton

“Why should the Eisenhower memorial be over twice the size of WWII Memorial? Why should it be so vast as to comfortably house two Lincoln Memorials, two Washington Monuments, and two Jefferson Memorials – all six at once?”

― Leon Krier

“The monuments of the nations are all protests against nothingness after death; so are statues and inscriptions; so is history.”

― Lew Wallace

“People should have freedom in their pilgrimages and tours. They should come and visit historical monuments and sites – let’s say the sites around Iran – where they can easily engage in wide- scale contacts with others.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“Who could look on these monuments without reflecting on the vanity of mortals in thus offering up testimonials of their respect for persons of whose very names posterity is ignorant?”

― Marguerite Gardiner

“Societies raise their grandest monuments to what their cultures value most highly. As the tallest buildings in a city noted for tall buildings, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were certainly monumental.”

― Michael Mandelbaum

“Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“It could be that all awful dictators are frustrated artists – Mao with his poetry and Mussolini with his monuments. Stalin was once a journalistic hack, and I can personally testify to how frustrated they are. Pol Pot left a very edgy photo collection behind. And Osama seems quite interested in video.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

― Pericles

“There are thousands of Ten Commandments plaques or monuments all over the country, and lawsuits to remove them have popped up in more than a dozen states.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“I don’t want a monument. We don’t build monuments; we build God’s Kingdom.”

― Reinhard Bonnke

“I think that some people get wrapped up in their own egos. They need to see certain album sales and certain monuments.”

― Solange Knowles

“Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that terrible history, not in places of honor across our state.”

― Stacey Abrams

“When smashing monuments, save the pedestals – they always come in handy.”

― Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

“Ancient monuments 300 to 1000-plus years old are never ‘renovated,’ only ‘restored,’ a distinction that escapes the babus.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.”

― Thomas Fuller

“I don’t mind being a symbol but I don’t want to become a monument. There are monuments all over the Parliament Buildings and I’ve seen what the pigeons do to them.”

― Tommy Douglas

“I am not concerned about my posthumous fame. Monuments are no good to the dead.”

― Varg Vikernes

“Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man’s greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked.”

― Vicente Fox

“The centuries-old history and culture of India, majestic architectural monuments and museums of Delhi, Agra and Mumbai have a unique attractive force.”

― Vladimir Putin

“The risk of the Holocaust is not that it will be forgotten, but that it will be embalmed and surrounded by monuments and used to absolve all future sins.”

― Zygmunt Bauman
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