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

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

American corporations hate to give away money.
- Stephen Ambrose

History is everything that has ever happened.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
- 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

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

American is the first democratic nation-state.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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