Sarah Vowell Quotes

The whole point of Louis Armstrong is that no one can really figure him out. There was a while where I thought you could try... view

By: Sarah Vowell

History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I didn't come from any kind of academic background, but I lived in a college town and I knew people who weren't without pretense. There was this idea in the town that if something was European it would be good... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I discovered that Robert Todd Lincoln was there for each of the first three assassinations. I wanted to write about the Lincoln Memorial, so when I found out he had attended its dedication, that helped focus it further... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I get younger people who watch Conan or The Daily Show, but before that it was mostly people who knew me from public radio. Those people are kind of old... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I hated the lost colony.. view

By: Sarah Vowell

I loved that these two guys argued with each other as if movies actually mattered. Nobody I knew talked about movies that way, but Siskel and Ebert took each movie as it came and talked about whether it was a success on its own terms... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I seem to have no problem revealing my crush on the man who murdered Lincoln... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I was a big Nancy Drew reader. Nancy figures it out. Case closed... view

By: Sarah Vowell

While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Robert Lincoln bought a nice ski lodge... view

By: Sarah Vowell

We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn't free.. view

By: Sarah Vowell

Assassins and presidents invite the same basic question: Just who do you think you are?.. view

By: Sarah Vowell

The one time I was an actor, it happened to be in a globally dominant juggernaut. That was lucky... view

By: Sarah Vowell

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Civil War-when I really think about them they all seem about as likely as the parting of the Red Sea... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Relics are treasured as something close to the divine... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don't sound professional.. view

By: Sarah Vowell

One night last summer, all the killers in my head assembled on a stage in Massachusetts to sing show tunes... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Not that I want the current president killed. I will, for the record and for the FBI agent assigned to read this and make sure I mean no harm, clearly state that while I am obsessed with death, I am against it... view

By: Sarah Vowell

My audience is going to die before I do... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Most people don't like to talk about violent historical death... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot... view

By: Sarah Vowell

Jesus and Lincoln, Moses and Jefferson can seem so long gone, so unbelievable, so dead... view

By: Sarah Vowell

In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life... view

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What are you hiding? No one ever asks that... view

By: Sarah Vowell

I'm a big fan of editing and keeping only the interesting bits in... view

By: Sarah Vowell