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Winning the Revolutionary War, or the Civil War,
by 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

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

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

American is the first democratic nation-state.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- 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

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

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

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

History is everything that has ever happened.
- 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

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American corporations hate to give away money.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

It's not about winning or losing, but love and respect.
- Max Lucado

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
- Vince Lombardi

Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing.
- Vince Lombardi

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing.
You don't win once in a while,
you don't do things right once in a while,
you do them right all the time.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

It costs a lot to sue a magazine, and it's too bad
that we don't have a system where the losing team has
to pay the winning team's lawyers.
- Carol Burnett

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
- Vince Lombardi

Winning is habit.
Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability,
experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.
- Fred Perry

What's a good tournament for him? Winning it.
He's good enough.
- Greg Norman

Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
- Vince Lombardi

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program
winning the world chess championship.
Humanity needs a lesson in humility.
- Richard Dawkins

It was never a policy of the Kent team that the pitch
must be occupied all day after winning the toss.
- Frank Woolley

The difference between winning and losing is always a mental one.
- Peter Thomson

The key to winning is poise under stress.
- Paul Brown

Whether you're winning or losing, it is important to always be yourself.
You can't change because of the circumstances around you.
- Cotton Fitzsimmons

A winning effort begins with preparation.
- Joe Gibbs

I've never been in a place where winning has hurt the ability to do anything.
- Rahm Emanuel


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