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Custer had dead heroes.
by Stephen Ambrose

Custer had dead heroes.
Crazy Horse had only live ones.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

 

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

American corporations hate to give away money.
- Stephen Ambrose

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?
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.
- Stephen Ambrose

My first book was the book that changed my life.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

American is the first democratic nation-state.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

History is everything that has ever happened.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.
- Stephen Ambrose

When I joined Custer I donned the uniform of a soldier.
It was a bit awkward at first but I soon got to be
perfectly at home in men's clothes.
- Calamity Jane

General Custer was a close observer and student of personal character.
- Buffalo Bill

I've been on such a losing streak that if I had been
around I would have taken General Custer and given points.
- Joe E. Lewis

There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.
- George Armstrong Custer

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

I would be willing, yes glad, to see a battle every day during my life.
- George Armstrong Custer

I appeal to you as a soldier to spare me the humiliation
of seeing my regiment march to meet the enemy and I not share its dangers.
- George Armstrong Custer

Benteen, come on, big village, be quick.
Bring packs.
- George Armstrong Custer

You ask me if I will not be glad when the last battle is fought,
so far as the country is concerned I,
of course, must wish for peace, and will be glad when the war is ended,
but if I answer for myself alone, I must say that I
shall regret to see the war end.
- George Armstrong Custer

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau


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