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Neil Sheehan Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
- H. L. Mencken

You're a Catholic in Italy when you're born,
it's unthinkable to stop being Catholic.
You just take the rules a lot more seriously,
because it pervades your culture.
- Andrew Greeley

What kind of America do people want to leave for their
children? What horrors are down the road,
stuff that was unthinkable 30 years ago?
- Randall Terry

A lot of the things that until now seemed unthinkable
are starting to be thinkable.
- Nick Johnson

They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen.
But if they take place they'll be called "war" too.
And there will still be no conventional war.
- Bruce Sterling

The big lesson I learned from Hurricane Katrina is
that we have to be thinking about the unthinkable because
sometimes the unthinkable happens.
- Michael Leavitt

We, the generation that faces the next century,
can add the solemn injunction "If we don't do the impossible,
we shall be faced with the unthinkable."
- Petra Kelly

To achieve the impossible; it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.
- Tom Robbins

One of the extraordinary things about human events
is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
- Salman Rushdie

If I have got to be a soldier, I must be a good one,
anything else is unthinkable.
- Wilfred Owen

We have no choice but to be guilty.
God is unthinkable if we are innocent.
- Archibald MacLeish

It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle
age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
- Andre Gide

I'm trying to trick people into thinking about the
unthinkable by using pop culture images.
- John Shirley

Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person,
provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated
to life's further development.
- Lewis Mumford

We are not concerned with the very poor.
They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by
the statistician or the poet.
- E. M. Forster

There is nothing so unthinkable as thought,
unless it be the entire absence of thought.
- Samuel Butler

I think life without Coronation Street would be unthinkable.
It's part of all our lives.
- Michael Parkinson

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts.
We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities
that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.
- James W. Fulbright

They were so exhausted and seasick and all they could
do was crawl up those beaches.
And thousands of them lay dead in no time at all.
It's unthinkable.
- Barry Pepper

It would be unthinkable in Canadian public life today
for the public inauguration of our supreme political
figures to be accompanied by prayer.
- Stockwell Day

What we learned on September 11 is that the unthinkable
is now thinkable in the world.
- John Ashcroft

I'm voting for Gore because the other is unthinkable.
Which most of us will probably do.
I hope all of us.
I've always liked Ralph Nader and would like to see a real third party,
but the thought of George Bush as president is unthinkable.
- Richard Gere

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the
banks of every computer in the human system.
Unthinkable complexity.
Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind,
clusters and constellations of data.
Like city lights, receding.
- William Gibson

Economic medicine that was previously meted out by
the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel.
These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly
bring on unwelcome after-effects.
Their precise nature is anyone's guess,
though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation.
- Warren Buffett

Dante can be understood only within the context of Italian thought,
and Faust would be unthinkable if divorced from its German background;
but both are part of our common cultural heritage.
- Gustav Stresemann

You do now have one in three people,
as shown by the famous Carlton Monarchy debate poll,
saying they want to get rid of the Monarchy.
That was unthinkable even three, four years ago.
- Anthony Holden

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

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

This is no time for ease and comfort.
It is time to dare and endure.
- Winston Churchill

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

Dare to dream of your great success.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

With courage, you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

It is not because life is difficult
that we do not dare.
Life is difficult
because we do not dare.
- Seneca

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

What is a friend? I will tell you ...
it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
- Frank Crane

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't
It's almost a cinch you won't.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.
- Anonymous

Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
- Mike Myers

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up.
Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

Both within the family and without, our sisters hold up our mirrors:
our images of who we are and of who we can dare to be.
- Elizabeth Fishel

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool,
which is a matter of no small difficulty.
- James A. Garfield

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast,
that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere:
They only live who dare.
- Voltaire

Art may imitate wild nature; less often does it dare
to place itself in the midst of it,
and when it does, it may come out second best.
- John Hart

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening
or strange that self may prove to be.
- May Sarton

He who would begun has half done.
Dare to be wise; begin.
- Horace

Write books only if you are going to say in them the
things you would never dare confide to anyone.
- Emile M. Cioran

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed.
They never dare to try.
- Mary Kay Ash

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I have always wanted a solo career, deep in the darkest pit of myself,
but I didn't dare admit it to myself even.
It took me a long time to confront my fears.
- Geri Halliwell

I never let them cough.
They wouldn't dare.
- Ethel Barrymore


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