Stephen Ambrose - Quotes

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World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism. ---->>>

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed. ---->>>

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. ---->>>

Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation. ---->>>

The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are. ---->>>

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major. ---->>>

Who today is willing to say that Texas and California and the remainder of the Southwest would be better off if they were governed by Mexico? ---->>>

American corporations hate to give away money. ---->>>

Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants. ---->>>

It does you no good to see the number two or number three man in the corporation-you have to get through to number one. ---->>>

In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since. ---->>>

Johnson had been the most powerful man in the world, yet the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong had resisted, overcome his power, broken his will. ---->>>

Eisenhower had the clearest blue eyes. He would fix them on you. In my every interview with him, he would lock his eyes on to mine and keep them there. ---->>>

The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same. ---->>>

Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men. ---->>>

There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors. ---->>>

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school. ---->>>

As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way. ---->>>

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life. ---->>>

Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones. ---->>>

My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier. ---->>>

I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education. ---->>>

I've always tried to be fair to my subjects. That's easy when they are as likable and admirable as Lewis and Clark, or Eisenhower. ---->>>

In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place. ---->>>

Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends. ---->>>

Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions. ---->>>

My first book was the book that changed my life. ---->>>

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen. ---->>>

The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest. ---->>>

The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever. ---->>>

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death. ---->>>

Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War, or World War II were the turning points in our history, the sine qua non of our forward progress. ---->>>

Washington's character was rock solid. He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues, which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice. ---->>>

Neither Johnson nor his party nor the government as a whole were willing to raise, train, equip, and then send Vietnam sufficient manpower to do the job. ---->>>

Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail? ---->>>

Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote. ---->>>

Eisenhower is my choice as the American of the 20th Century. Of all the men I've studied and written about, he is the brightest and the best. ---->>>

History is everything that has ever happened. ---->>>

I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam. ---->>>

Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist. ---->>>

I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business. ---->>>

Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands. ---->>>

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way. ---->>>

We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today. ---->>>

Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of. ---->>>

American is the first democratic nation-state. ---->>>

I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson. ---->>>

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake. ---->>>

Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 01-10, 1936
Birthplace:
Die: 10-13, 2002
Occupation: Historian
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Stephen Edward Ambrose (January 10, 1936 – October 13, 2002) was an American historian and biographer of U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He was a longtime professor of history at the University of New Orleans and the author of many bestselling volumes of American popular history (wikipedia)