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By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

To this noble end the delegates had pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Mccullough

The problem, as Thornton Wilder said, lies in the effort to employ the past tense in such a way that it does not rob those events of their character of having occurred in freedom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

Housetops were covered with 'gazers'; all wharves that offered a view were jammed with people ... As British officers happily reminded one another, it was the largest fleet ever seen in American waters. In fact it was the largest expeditionary force of the 18th century, the largest, most powerful force ever sent forth by Britain or any other nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Little children can learn anything, just as they can learn a foreign language. The mind is so absorbent then. There ought to be a real program to educate teachers who want to teach grade school children about history.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

The answer reached the President at five minutes past four that afternoon, Tuesday, August 14. Japan had surrendered. At 6:10 the Swiss chargé d'affaires in Washington arrived at the State Department to present Secretary [of State James] Byrnes with the Japanese text, which Byrnes carried at once to the White House. "(The document would have arrived ten minutes sooner but for the fact that a sixteen-year-old messenger, Thomas E. Jones, who picked it up at the RCA offices on Connecticut Avenue to deliver to the Swiss legation, had been stopped by the police for making a U-turn on Connecticut.)

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

The great thing about the arts is that you can only learn to do it by doing it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Mccullough

On a medical school professor noted for slowly, carefully interviewing the patient: "He taught the love of truth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

It was a day and age that saw no reason why one could not learn whatever was required - learn vitally anything - by the close study of books.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

In writing history, to catch the feeling and well as the truth of other times, it is of utmost importance … to convey the sense that things need not have happened as they did…the past, after all, is only another name for someone else’s present

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Mccullough

To his own children he was at once the ultimate voice of authority and, when time allowed, their most exuberant companion. He never fired their imaginations or made them laugh as their mother could, but he was unfailingly interested in them, sympathetic, confiding, entering into their lives in ways few fathers ever do. It was a though he was in league with them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

as the Sword was the last resort for the preservation of our liberties, so it ought to be the first thing laid aside when those liberties are firmly established

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture. You've got to become them." (Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

The author perceptively outlines what might be an underrated aspect of his subject and of many others whose public achievements are of note – a "gift for friendship". McCullough says Adams, despite his towering intellect and curmudgeonly demeanor, had a soft heart for other people and a genuine interest in their particulars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

Any nation that expects to be ignorant and free," Jefferson said, "expects what never was and never will be." And if the gap between the educated and the uneducated in America continues to grow as it is in our time, as fast as or faster than the gap between the rich and the poor, the gap between the educated and the uneducated is going to be of greater consequence and the more serious threat to our way of life. We must not, by any means, misunderstand that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

When you start to write, things begin to come into focus in a way they don't when you're not writing. It's a very good way to find out how much you don't know because you learn specifically what you need to know that you don't know at the moment by writing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I could not do what I do without the kindness, consideration, resourcefulness and work of librarians, particularly in public libraries... What started me writing history happened because of some curiosity that I had about some photographs I'd seen in the Library of Congress.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world." Winston Churchill Christmas Eve Message, 1941 as printed in "In the Dark Streets Shineth.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Mccullough

We learn much by tribulation, and by adversity our hearts are made better. -Bishop Milton Wright to Orville Wright, 20 Sept. 1908

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

There are innumerable writing problems in an extended work. One book took a little more than six years. You, the writer, change in six years. The life around you changes. Your family changes. They grow up. They move away. The world is changing. You're also learning more about the subject. By the time you're writing the last chapters of the book, you know much more than you did when you started at the beginning.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Nothing ever invented provides such sustenance, such infinite reward for time spent, as a good book.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I don't pick my presidents because they were great presidents. I'm not much interested in ranking presidents and who is the best and who is the worst. I am much more inclined to be interested in them if they had an interesting life and if they were a complete person - and by that I mean they also had flaws and failings.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

The man who wishes to keep at the problem long enough to really learn anything positively must not take dangerous risks. Carelessness and overconfidence ate usually more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

Rather than literally burning the midnight oil, which he judged to be unhealthy, John Adams advised his son to make the most of college by developing an inquisitive outlook that would prompt him to get to know the most exceptional scholars and question them closely. "Ask them about their tutors, manner of teaching. Observe what books lie on their tables. Fall into questions of literature, science, or what you will.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

People often ask me if I'm working on a book. That's not how I feel. I feel like I work in a book. It's like putting myself under a spell. And this spell, if you will, is so real to me that if I have to leave my work for a few days, I have to work myself back into the spell when I come back. It's almost like hypnosis.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

Indeed, bribery, favoritism, and corruption in a great variety of forms were rampant not only in politics, but in all levels of society.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

...it is always easier to deal with things than with men, and no one can direct his life entirely as he would choose. -Wilbur Wright, 1911

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

Courage is contagious. If a leader shows courage, others get the idea.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

One of the regrets of my life is that I did not study Latin. I'm absolutely convinced, the more I understand these eighteenth-century people, that it was that grounding in Greek and Latin that gave them their sense of the classic virtues: the classic ideals of honor, virtue, the good society, and their historic examples of what they could try to live up to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

The truth isn't just the facts. You can have all the facts imaginable and miss the truth, just as you can have facts missing or some wrong, and reach the larger truth.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

However little television you watch, watch less.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 19 Sep

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." [The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

Your education never stops and college is just the beginning. You come out of college with a huge advantage in that you've ideally and more times than not you've come out with a love of learning and that's what matters above all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

The talent, including the talent for history - and I do think there are people who just have a talent for it, the way you have a talent for public speaking or music or whatever - it shouldn't be allowed to lie dormant. It should be brought alive.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

In America, applause is won only by physical exertion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

To shut yourself from history is to shut yourself off from say music or painting or the theatre, literature for the rest of your life.  It would be to cheat yourself of the pleasures of life.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Mccullough

No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read." (The Course of Human Events, NEH Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities 2003)

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

You have to have wisdom and knowledge as well as virtue to preserve your rights and liberties.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I've always been dissatisfied, I know that. But lately I find that I reek of discontentment. It fills my throat, and it floods my brain. And sometimes I fear there is no longer a dream, but only the discontentment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

We should draw on our story, we should draw on our history. If we don't know who we are, if we don't know how we became what we are, we're going to start suffering from all the obvious detrimental effects of amnesia.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I want people to see that all-important time in a different way-in the way it was. For of a number of reasons, including the absence of photographs, we tend to see the men and women of the Revolution as not quite real. And we have far too little sense of what they suffered.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Mccullough

There was no opiate like a French pillow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

America faces an enemy who believes in enforced ignorance. And all that we stand for is the open mind, the generous spirit, the ideal of tolerance, freedom, education, opportunity.