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David Herbert Donald Quotes and Sayings

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I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines,
and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy,
wouldn't it?
- David Herbert Donald

Well, it seems to me Lincoln, I suppose,
is kind of a model of a particular sort of presidency,
a presidency that first of all is elected by a minority of the votes.
- David Herbert Donald

I love mysteries, and I read them every night before I go to bed.
- David Herbert Donald

If you think about it, the historian's task is like that of the detective.
- David Herbert Donald

 

But having said all of that, that still doesn't account
for a lot of the increase in popularity which stems,
I think, from Lincoln's personal characteristics.
- David Herbert Donald

Maybe I will write a memoir, perhaps I'll do some essays,
or maybe I will write a mystery story.
- David Herbert Donald

The more I have studied Lincoln, the more I have followed his thought processes,
the more I am convinced that he understood leadership
better than any other American president.
- David Herbert Donald

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I'm not sure Lincoln would fare well if he were a presidential candidate today.
- David Herbert Donald

I was able to sit at Lincoln's side and see how he
thought and how he acted,
and how he felt about what was going on around him.
I felt the pressures that were on him.
You can see what people were writing to him,
how they were nudging him.
- David Herbert Donald

And, finally, Lincoln was not a good impromptu speaker;
he was at his best when he could read from a carefully prepared manuscript.
Though maybe a teleprompter could have helped that!
- David Herbert Donald

The big biography of Lincoln necessarily had to do
so much with his political career,
his ambitions, his accomplishments in public,
with less time to spend on his private life,
his inner life, and I thought this might be a way of getting at that.
- David Herbert Donald

Lincoln had no such person that he could talk with.
Often, as a result, he debated with himself,
and he would draw up a kind of list of the pros and cons of an argument,
and carefully figure them out, and he might test them in public.
- David Herbert Donald

What I thought we ought to try to do in a book like
this is to focus closely on Lincoln,
himself, to see what he knew, how he knew it,
how he came to make the decisions that he did,
and how he implemented them.
- David Herbert Donald

In Lincoln's day a President's religion was a very private affair.
There were no public prayer meetings,
no attempts to woo the Religious Right.
Few of Lincoln's countrymen knew anything at all of his religious beliefs.
- David Herbert Donald

But I have tried to go over it very carefully,
not merely what the evidence is, but with psychoanalysts and psychologists,
and I think we're just about all agreed that Lincoln
and Speed did not have a homosexual relationship.
- David Herbert Donald

At the beginning, Lincoln was so inexperienced he had
reverence for military expertise,
not realizing that there wasn't any military expertise,
that the most anybody had commanded up to that point had been somebody,
some troops in the Mexican War, and it had been years ago.
- David Herbert Donald

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha PHOTO

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino PHOTO

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. PHOTO

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie PHOTO

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

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I think therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

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

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

WHY do you care what THEY think?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

What you think of me is none of my business.
- Terry Cole-Whittaker

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie


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