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David McCullough Quotes and Sayings

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I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting
and trying to weed out the lumber.
- David McCullough

When I began, I thought that the way one should work
was to do all the research and then write the book.
- David McCullough

May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
- David McCullough

I would pay to do what I do if I had to.
- David McCullough

 

The title always comes last.
What I really work hard on is the beginning.
Where do you begin? In what tone do you begin? I almost
have to have a scene in my mind.
- David McCullough

In time I began to understand that it's when you start
writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know.
- David McCullough

People are so helpful.
People will stop what they're doing to show you something,
to walk with you through a section of the town,
or explain how a suspension bridge really works.
- David McCullough

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I had been writing for about twelve years.
I knew pretty well how you could find things out,
but I had never been trained in an academic way how
to go about the research.
- David McCullough

First of all, you can make the argument that there's
no such thing as the past.
Nobody lived in the past.
- David McCullough

I love all sides of the work but that doesn't mean it isn't hard.
- David McCullough

The pull, the attraction of history,
is in our human nature.
What makes us tick? Why do we do what we do? How much
is luck the deciding factor?
- David McCullough

Every book is a new journey.
I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.
- David McCullough

I'm very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today,
how many good reasons there are to put the book down.
- David McCullough

I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars,
that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.
- David McCullough

I love Dickens.
I love the way he sets a scene.
- David McCullough

I'm drawn particularly to stories that evolve out of
the character of the protagonist.
- David McCullough

You can't be a full participant in our democracy if
you don't know our history.
- David McCullough

There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching.
There comes a point where you just have to stop,
and start writing.
- David McCullough

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.
- David McCullough

My next book is also set in the eighteenth century.
It's about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776.
It's about Washington and the army and the war.
It's the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.
- David McCullough

When I read that the British army had landed thirty-two thousand troops -
and I had realized,
not very long before, that Philadelphia only had thirty thousand people in it -
it practically lifted me out of my chair.
- David McCullough

To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope -
all those people we had to read in college English courses -
to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life.
- David McCullough

With the Truman book, I wrote the entire account of
his experiences in World War I before going over to
Europe to follow his tracks in the war.
When I got there, there was a certain satisfaction
in finding I had it right -
it does look like that.
- David McCullough

I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do,
in the original sense of the word - for love,
because I love it.
On the other hand, I think that those of us who make
our living writing history can also be called true professionals.
- David McCullough

My shorthand answer is that I try to write the kind
of book that I would like to read.
If I can make it clear and interesting and compelling to me,
then I hope maybe it will be for the reader.
- David McCullough

To me history ought to be a source of pleasure.
It isn't just part of our civic responsibility.
To me it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive,
just the way literature or art or music is.
- David McCullough

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela PHOTO

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The harder I work, the luckier I get.
- Samuel Goldwyn

The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

Profit is a by-product of work;
happiness is its chief product.
- Henry Ford

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The difference between work and play lies 100%
in the attitude of the participant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

Work as smart as you are able.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

My experience has been that work is
almost the best way to pull oneself out of the depths.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
- Vince Lombardi

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Laziness may appear attractive,
but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank

Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius


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