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I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI,
by Neil Sheehan

I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI,
and I never could get away from the war.
- Neil Sheehan

I never got away from the war.
Not because I was obsessed with it in those years,
but because it was the event of my generation and I
started out covering it so I stayed with it.
- Neil Sheehan

The unthinkable occurred: two communist countries went to war with each other.
- Neil Sheehan

We had a military and political leadership at that
period which was genuinely deluded.
- Neil Sheehan

 

We thought that whatever we wanted to do was right and good,
simply because we were Americans, and we would succeed
at it because we were Americans.
- Neil Sheehan

These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans.
The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

Just because you put higher-octane gasoline in your
car doesn't mean you can break the speed limit.
The speed limit's still 65.
- Neil Sheehan

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World War II had been such a tremendous success story
for this country that the political and military leadership
began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were.
We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.
- Neil Sheehan

You remember all those phrases about how "these people" -
Asians -
don't value human life like we do.
Well if you spend any time around them,
you discover that they love their children just as much as we love ours.
That is certainly true of the Vietnamese.
- Neil Sheehan

I think you have to remember that Americans saw their
purpose as so innately good that they could excuse
the pain they would inflict on others to carry out those purposes.
Because the purposes were so good, they would justify
this pain we were inflicting on other people.
- Neil Sheehan

People talked to me in a way I think they would not
have talked to somebody who hadn't shared the experience;
they gave me their papers,
they gave me their diaries.
I found people constantly opening up to me.
And I think they did because I had shared that experience with them.
- Neil Sheehan

We wanted to see this country win the war just as much as those advisors did.
We felt we would help to do that by reporting the truth.
And so there was the moral outrage over this general
and the ambassador in Saigon who kept denying the truth we would see.
- Neil Sheehan

Americans, particularly after World War II,
tended to romanticize war because in World War II our
cause was the cause of humanity,
and our soldiers brought home glory and victory,
and thank God that they did.
But it led us to romanticize it to some extent.
- Neil Sheehan

At least I'm at peace with myself.
I have done my best to write a book about what really
happened there and why it happened and it's done,
it's published.
I won't write another book on Vietnam.
- Neil Sheehan

The destruction of civilian hamlets,
the killing and the wounding of civilians,
became vastly greater than it had been before,
and it was very upsetting; but I still couldn't bring
myself to understand that the policy itself was wrong.
- Neil Sheehan

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 went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.
- Rodney Dangerfield

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
- H. L. Mencken

I'm a fun father, but not a good father.
The hard decisions always went to my wife.
- John Lithgow

I regret to this day that I never went to college.
I feel I should have been a doctor.
- Ty Cobb

I went through baseball as "a player to be named later."
- Joe Garagiola

Smartness runs in my family.
When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was
in my class for five years.
- Gracie Allen

I should prefer to have a politician who regularly
went to a massage parlour than one who promised a laptop
computer for every teacher.
- A. N. Wilson

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

My experiences have taught me a lot and I'm happy with my learnings,
if not with what I went through to learn.
- Ally Sheedy

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

I went to the doctor and he said I had acute appendicitis,
and I said compared to who?
- Jay London

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were
only there for the beer -
the wealth,
prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
- A. J. P. Taylor

My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

To think that the new economy is over is like somebody
in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution
is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler

We went to church every Sunday.
When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
- Darius Rucker

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
- Jonathan Winters

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

Funnily enough, when I originally went in for my screen test,
that set was already built.
- Gerard Butler

For my undergraduate work, I went to Oklahoma State
University and graduated from there in 1977.
- Anita Hill

I was hot and I knew it and it went to my head.
- Janice Dickinson

I went through seventh grade in private school.
I went to private school from kindergarten to seventh grade.
- Stacie Orrico

When I was a kid, I went from ground zero to Pluto.
The first place I played was the Houston Astrodome.
- Leif Garrett

Some of the immediate causes of Jack Abramoff's troubles
were some Indian elections that went bad for him.
- Joshua Micah Marshall

I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel,
so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill.
- Tom T. Hall

I went over before the British Open and played Valderrama
thinking that I might make the team,
might be a captain's pick.
I made the effort to go over there.
- Payne Stewart

On completion of my military service,
I went back to the factory and to the trade union.
- Leon Jouhaux

I went to ballet school for nine years,
and there was an agent for the whole school who happened
to be there visiting one of the performances.
She suggested an audition.
- Sarah Sutton

That's pretty much why I went into show business because
I wanted to have a guitar and sing unaccompanied,
that was like my fantasy of the perfect life.
- Victoria Jackson

While at Cal Tech I talked a lot with Jon Mathews,
then a junior faculty member; he taught me how to use
the Institute's computer;
we also went on hikes together.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

A lot of my buddies also played golf,
but when it came to going to the beach or on the boat and chasing girls,
they usually went that way and I went to the golf course.
- Mike Weir

When I look back at the tapes, your first everything,
your first All-Star Game, your first playoff experience,
it just seems like it went by really fast.
- Roger Clemens

I came here in 1974 to do a play, and then I went to L.A.
I really like living in America.
I feel more at home here than anywhere else.
- Anthony Hopkins

I went out to some advertising agencies and asked if I could do anything.
- Renny Harlin

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent
than the one that went before it,
and wiser than the one that comes after it.
- George Orwell

I was famous overnight.
I went from nowhere to being really big.
- Sting

So I went into jazz and performed in jazz clubs all over the country.
- Cy Coleman

I think it took us nine years to get one million subscribers to AOL,
and then in the next nine years we went from one million to 35 million.
- Steve Case

The dollar went up some eighty percent in real terms
as I recall now or something like that -
from '80 to '85.
- Robert C. Solomon

I went back to the States and started at a small newspaper in Riverside County,
California, covering the police; I was making $280
a week covering the police.
- John Pomfret

I had already done Rainbow in Curved Air and had a big record on CBS.
I was launched to have a long career and then I just
dropped out and went to India.
- Terry Riley

So I decided to start writing plays,
and went to Yale.
- Richard Foreman

From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools,
and I know that they are a key to being sure that every
child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.
- Dick Cheney

The first interview I went on I got at age 5.
It was a commercial for First Federal Bank.
- Erin Moran

It used to be that a fellow went on the police force
when everything else failed,
but today he goes in the advertising game.
- Kin Hubbard

I went to government for making these changes.
I remember a number of guys among these important figures.
- Anatoly Chubais

When I came to town and saw the price of diesel went above regular gas,
that burnt me up.
- Ron Ziegler

I joined Walt Disney, went to work, December 2nd 1935,
so obviously, I'm not too young!
- Marc Davis

The record Clef and I did was just sitting there.
So I said, Clef, I got a record, hit a verse on it.
He just went in, messed around and ended up doing the hook too.
- Pras Michel

But once I went for it, left my inhibitions aside and
saw its eventual success,
it made me much more comfortable and eager THIS time
around to take it to a whole new level.
- Jason Biggs

Frank liked me because I went nuts on the piano using feet,
head, whatever I could find to bang on the piano.
- George Duke


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