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There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching.
by David McCullough

There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching.
There comes a point where you just have to stop,
and start writing.
- David McCullough

I love Dickens.
I love the way he sets a scene.
- David McCullough

I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting
and trying to weed out the lumber.
- David McCullough

I love all sides of the work but that doesn't mean it isn't hard.
- David McCullough

 

The title always comes last.
What I really work hard on is the beginning.
Where do you begin? In what tone do you begin? I almost
have to have a scene in my mind.
- David McCullough

I'm very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today,
how many good reasons there are to put the book down.
- David McCullough

I'm drawn particularly to stories that evolve out of
the character of the protagonist.
- David McCullough

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I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars,
that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.
- David McCullough

May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
- David McCullough

First of all, you can make the argument that there's
no such thing as the past.
Nobody lived in the past.
- David McCullough

Every book is a new journey.
I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.
- David McCullough

In time I began to understand that it's when you start
writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know.
- David McCullough

People are so helpful.
People will stop what they're doing to show you something,
to walk with you through a section of the town,
or explain how a suspension bridge really works.
- David McCullough

I had been writing for about twelve years.
I knew pretty well how you could find things out,
but I had never been trained in an academic way how
to go about the research.
- David McCullough

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.
- David McCullough

The pull, the attraction of history,
is in our human nature.
What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much
is luck the deciding factor?
- David McCullough

When I began, I thought that the way one should work
was to do all the research and then write the book.
- David McCullough

I would pay to do what I do if I had to.
- David McCullough

You can't be a full participant in our democracy if
you don't know our history.
- David McCullough

My next book is also set in the eighteenth century.
It's about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776.
It's about Washington and the army and the war.
It's the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.
- David McCullough

To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope -
all those people we had to read in college English courses -
to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life.
- David McCullough

My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind
of book that I would like to read.
If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me,
then I hope maybe it will be for the reader.
- David McCullough

I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do,
in the original sense of the word - for love,
because I love it.
On the other hand, I think that those of us who make
our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
- David McCullough

With the Truman book, I wrote the entire account of
his experiences in World War I before going over to
Europe to follow his tracks in the war.
When I got there, there was a certain satisfaction
in finding I had it right -
it does look like that.
- David McCullough

To me history ought to be a source of pleasure.
It isn't just part of our civic responsibility.
To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive,
just the way literature or art or music is.
- David McCullough

When I read that the British army had landed thirty-two thousand troops -
and I had realized,
not very long before, that Philadelphia only had thirty thousand people in it -
it practically lifted me out of my chair.
- David McCullough

To fall in love is awfully simple,
but to fall out of love is simply awful.
- Bess Myerson

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

Those who kept their sanity and humanity intact in
the face of awful adversity.
Heroes named and unnamed, some known only to God.
- Silvia Cartwright

When there are no women on the tour it can get awful and ugly -
constant horrible jokes and gross behaviour.
It needs to be leavened with a feminine presence.
- Evan Dando

An excellent job with a dubious undertaking,
which is like saying it would be great if it wasn't awful.
- Ada Louise Huxtable

I think it's an awful drink, to be honest with you.
- Charlie Watts

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character,
and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years,
these are portrayed as awful figures.
- Michael Novak

An awful lot of people think it's easy to lift recipes out.
- Elizabeth David

Death is an awful thing.
I don't believe in it myself.
- Eugene Ormandy

Bill Hanna and I owe an awful lot to television,
but we both got our start and built the first phase
of our partnership in the movies.
- Joseph Barbera

I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was.
I was called 'slow'.
It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' -
it's horrible.
- Robert Benton

When I'd finished, everybody said they wanted me for this movie.
At first I thought they meant a nudie flick since an
awful lot of nudies are made in Houston.
- Shelley Duvall

I had an awful lot to say in what I wore as Romana.
- Lalla Ward

I was in an awful lot of trouble in Hollywood.
- Eddie Bracken

I do an awful lot of scuba diving.
I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean.
I live next to the ocean.
- James Cameron

Four years in the White House and two presidential
campaigns is an awful long time.
In politics, every year in the White House is like dog years,
six years off your life.
- George Stephanopoulos

Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour.
- Gioachino Rossini

I don't read magazines much, and I have an awful time with books.
- Payne Stewart

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle
because nobody knows any.
Nobody has to memorize poetry.
- Peter Davison

They say it figures MTV would do such a vulgar,
awful, horrible show and they completely miss that
it's satirizing the people who watch MTV.
- Mike Judge

Cartoonist was the weirdest name I finally let myself have.
I would never say it.
When I heard it I silently thought, what an awful word.
- Lynda Barry

We should so provide for old age that it may have no
urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next.
It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
- Pearl S. Buck

The awful thing, as a kid reading, was that you came to the end of the story,
and that was it.
I mean, it would be heartbreaking that there was no more of it.
- Robert Creeley

It's awful to have to, but I've started thinking about that,
you know.
86.
I'm thinking, well, maybe I might make it to 90.
At least I'd like to have my brains.
- Marian McPartland

You just listen to the ball and bat come together.
They make an awful noise.
- Darrell Johnson

I like exposing myself.
There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me.
I'm the kind of actress who absolutely believes in exposing herself.
- Kate Winslet

Politicians...
talk in generalities and lies, and I think they've caused all our grief.
They're so awful, they're really funny.
I hate thinking this because my dad loved politics.
- Paul Lynde

We used to drink an awful lot of alcohol.
- Bill Bruford

States are like people.
They do not question the awful status quo until some
dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
- Victor Davis Hanson

To be hungry must be awful.
- Dick Van Patten

Be a awful nice to 'em goin' up, because you're gonna
meet 'em all comin' down.
- Jimmy Durante

From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.
- Leon Trotsky

Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction.
But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history
and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum.
- John Hume

We waste an awful lot of energy as a Nation through
inefficient use of energy.
- Chris Van Hollen

Life has been good to me.
It's not like I missed an awful lot.
I had a pretty good lick here.
Every moment gets a little more important.
- Michael Landon

Flying is awful, there's nothing to do when you're up in the air.
I bloat up, my skin gets dry, and when we hit turbulence,
I'm terrified.
- Daniela Pestova

If the Eagles were to get back together,
it would have to be for the right reasons.
I think it would look awful if it were just for the money.
- Glenn Frey

I get an awful lot of fan mail, and I read all that I can.
- John Denver

When the audience is awful you can still have a great
night and people will walk out thinking they had a
great time even though there was loads of loudmouths
and the sound was terrible.
- Leo Kottke

Of all the movies I've done in my life,
the one where I play a crazy awful psycho woman finds me my husband.
- Bridgette Wilson

I know an awful lot of Hollywood people,
who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
- Mickey Spillane

I may not yet be as old as dirt, but dirt and I are
starting to have an awful lot in common.
- Stephen R. Donaldson

In '87, I used to do this awful, awful James Brown impression.
- Wanda Sykes

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea,
whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
- Herman Melville

Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.
- Gioachino Rossini


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