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Stephen Ambrose Quotes and Sayings

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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'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

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

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
- 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

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

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

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

History is everything that has ever happened.
- Stephen Ambrose

American is the first democratic nation-state.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

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

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
- Stephen Ambrose

Trial by jury.
Live wherever you can make a living.
How could a government based on such principles fail?
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American corporations hate to give away money.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

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

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

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

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

However, when my parents married in 1945,
China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning
grew increasingly remote,
and they decided to begin their family in the United States.
- Steven Chu

I'd come out of the army after five years as a medic.
I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals,
and I was a Captain in the army at the end,
in 1945.
- Eli Wallach

According to the Social Security Administration,
in 1945, 41.9 workers supported each individual retiree,
while today only 3.3 workers support each retiree.
This system cannot continue.
- Larry Elder

I went into the Air Corps from 1943 through 1945.
- Bobby Thomson

By the winter of 1945-1946, the Russian peoples were
being warned of the dangers from the West.
- Carroll Quigley

After all, we didn't bring democracy to Germany in 1945;
Hitler destroyed democracy there first.
- Brent Scowcroft

In remembering the appalling suffering of war on both sides,
we recognise how precious is the peace we have built in Europe since 1945.
- Queen Elizabeth II

From 1941 to 1945 we won a war by enlisting the whole-hearted
support of all our people and all our resources.
- James Forrestal

In marked contrast to the University of Wisconsin,
Biochemistry was hardly visible at Stanford in 1945,
consisting of only two professors in the chemistry department.
- Paul D. Boyer

This will help us next year with the World Cup.
I can imagine a lot of visitors from abroad will be
here and asking what happened between 1933 and 1945.
A lot of that will come up.
I think this will make an important contribution to those discussions.
- Otto Schily

What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence,
in the sense of fear of specific weapons,
so much as it's been memory.
The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.
- John Hersey

Japanese naval officers in dress whites are frequent
guests at Pearl Harbor's officers' mess and are very polite.
They always were.
Except, of course, for that little interval there between 1941 and 1945.
- William Manchester

Between 1939 and 1945 you produced weapons and war
equipment valued at thirteen billion dollars,
70 per cent of which you shipped to your allies.
The same process is going on today in Canada's much
larger and growing industry.
- Arthur H. Sulzberger

In fact, because of this deep desire for peace,
the ruling class leaders of this land,
from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda
to drive into American minds the false notion that
danger threatened them from the East.
- Paul Robeson

The failure of Socialism since 1945 is that whilst encouraging us all,
the creators of wealth, to produce less through strikes,
it has caused us all to demand a higher level of our own product.
- Brian Harris

As for the assertion that nuclear weapons prevent wars,
how many more wars are needed to refute this arguments?
Tens of millions have died in the many wars that have taken place since 1945.
- Joseph Rotblat

Another example of that was that even during the economic
problems of the 1945 government,
we managed to carry out other aspects of our policy and other ideals.
Through the establishment of national parks,
for instance.
- Barbara Castle

True there has been more talk of peace since 1945 than,
I should think, at any other time in history.
At least we hear more and read more about it because man's words,
for good or ill, can now so easily reach the millions.
- Lester B. Pearson

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin


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