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By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

Unlike the people you see in Mathew Brady's photographs from the Civil War, the men and women of the Revolution seem more like characters in a costume pageant. And it's a pageant in which the performers are all handsome as stage actors, with uniforms and dress that are always costume perfect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I feel that as much as I enjoy loafing, there is something higher for which to live.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I'm drawn particularly to stories that evolve out of the character of the protagonist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

On Christmas morning when I was a child, my mother would leave a book wrapped at the foot of the bed, which was a hint that Santa had come. It was also her way of keeping us in bed a little longer before we went downstairs. So I've always associated books with happiness and gifts. And they are. I can't get enough of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I feel very strongly that history is about everything. It isn't just about politics or the military or social issues. If art, music, engineering, science, medicine, finance, the world of architecture and technology - if those are left out, then you're not getting a full sense of the human condition. History is human and we human beings are involved in all kinds of things and that's part of our humanity.

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 15 Sep

David Mccullough

The year 1776, celebrated as the birth year of the nation and for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was for those who carried the fight for independence forward a year of all-too-few victories, of sustained suffering, disease, hunger, desertion, cowardice, disillusionment, defeat, terrible discouragement, and fear, as they would never forget, but also of phenomenal courage and bedrock devotion to country, and that, too they would never forget.

By Anonym 17 Sep

David Mccullough

Not all pioneers went west.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

There are people who are trying to write history for the general reader who can be quite tedious. That said, I do feel in my heart of hearts that if history isn't well written, it isn't going to be read, and if it isn't read it's going to die.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

Every book is a new journey. I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

It is a shame that history is ever made dry and tedious, or offered as a chronicle almost exclusively of politics, war, and social issues when of course it is the full sweep of human experience. Politics, war, and social issues to be sure, but also music, science, religion, medicine, the way things are made, new ideas…history is a spacious realm, there should be no walls.

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

I think that a good education ought to be in part the idea that ease and joy are not synonymous. Some of the most fulfilling pleasures of life are to be found in work - found in work you love to do, work you want to do, work that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Take the teacher not the course.  Find out who the great professors are - the great teachers - and take their courses because a subject that you may not think you're interested in may turn out to be infinitely fascinating because of the way it's taught.

By Anonym 19 Sep

David Mccullough

The study of history is an antidote to the hubris of the present – the idea that everything we have, everything we do and everything we think is the ultimate, the best.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

If you get down about the state of American culture, just remember there are still more public libraries in this country than there are McDonalds.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

I am adamant that we must not cut back on funding of the teaching of the arts in the schools: music, painting, theater, dance, all of it. The great thing about the arts is that the only way you learn how to do it is by doing it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Nothing ever invented can you a bigger life than a book.

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I think it's important to remember that these men are not perfect. If they were marble gods, what they did wouldn't be so admirable. The more we see the founders as humans the more we can understand them.

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 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 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I think the public library system is one of the most amazing American institutions. Free for everybody. If you ever get the blues about the status of American culture there are still more public libraries than there are McDonald's. During the worst of the Depression not one public library closed their doors.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

My strong feeling is that we must learn more about how we learn. I'm convinced that we learn by struggling to find the solution to a problem on our own with some guidance, but getting in and getting our hands dirty and working it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

If the attitude of the teacher toward the material is positive, enthusiastic, committed and excited, the students get that. If the teacher is bored, students get that and they get bored, quickly, instinctively.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

In America, applause is won only by physical exertion.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

The author perceives nuances of Abigail Adams' character in the occasional errors she makes in readily quoting John Milton. Rather than giving the observer a reason to quibble, they are evidence that she had absorbed Milton's works enough to feel comfortable quoting them from memory.

By Anonym 16 Sep

David Mccullough

However little television you watch, watch less.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

You have overburdened your argument with ostentatious erudition.

By Anonym 18 Sep

David Mccullough

Roosevelt loved the subtleties of human relations...He was sensitive to nuances in a way that Harry Truman never was and never would be. Truman, with his rural Missouri background, and partly too, because of the limits of his education, was inclined to see things in far simpler terms, as right or wrong, wise or foolish. He dealt little in abstractions.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

My next book is also set in the eighteenth century. It's about the Revolution, with the focus on the year 1776. It's about Washington and the army and the war. It's the nadir, the low point of the United States of America.

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 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Love of learning will never let you down. You can have a quest for money, you can have a quest for power, you can have a quest for fame and they are sometimes gratifying and sometimes self-destructive. The love of learning is always gratifying and never self-destructive. The more educated, the more cultivated a society becomes, better off is everybody.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

It was an utterly phenomenal achievement.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

According to Adams, Jefferson proposed that he, Adams, do the writing [pf the Declaration of Independence], but that he declined, telling Jefferson he must do it. Why?" Jefferson asked, as Adams would recount. Reasons enough," Adams said. What can be your reasons?" Reason first: you are a Virginian and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write ten times better than I can.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

Yes, this is a dangerous time. Yes, this is a time full of shadows and fear. But we have been through worse before and we have faced more difficult days before. We have shown courage and determination, and skillful and inventive and courageous and committed responses to crisis before.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I think it is one of the most extraordinary elections, a turning point for our country and for the world. That remarkable young man [Barack Obama] has kept his demeanor, kept his temperament and has shown a power to inspire. I see what energy that he has inspired among the young. Well, it inspires us old goats too.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Mccullough

History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.

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 16 Sep

David Mccullough

In an exhibition wherein paintings of nudes were commonplace, that of Madame Gautreau in her black evening dress was considered scandalously erotic. -from The Greater Journey

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 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

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 13 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

Just imagine if in his inaugural address John F. Kennedy had said, 'Ask not what your country can, you know, do for you, but what you can, like, do for your country actually.

By Anonym 14 Sep

David Mccullough

I think it's best to pick a biographical subject who lives to a ripe old age. Older people tend to relax and speak their minds. They're dropping some of the masks that they've been wearing. There's a candor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

A veteran artist counsels a less experienced one to start a painting using colors in the middle range so that the painter can move to more extreme colors as the work progresses.

By Anonym 15 Sep

David Mccullough

Washington was a man of exceptional, almost excessive self-command, rarely permitting himself any show of discouragement or despair.