Stephen Ambrose Quotes

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

By: Stephen Ambrose

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death... view

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

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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... view

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

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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... view

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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?.. view

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We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today... view

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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... view

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American corporations hate to give away money... view

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Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends... view

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Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of... view

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American is the first democratic nation-state... view

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

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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... view

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The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake... view

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

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

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

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

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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... view

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

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

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

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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... view

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

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Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen... view

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

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

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The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future... view

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It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly... view

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The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same... view

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The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever... view

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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... view

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The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed... view

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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... view

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

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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... view

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

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Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions... view

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History is everything that has ever happened... view

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I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business... view

By: Stephen Ambrose