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All Quotes by author - Nathaniel Philbrick
" After Brown, I went to Duke, to a Ph.D. program in American literature. My dad's an English professor. After a year there, I was like, 'Jesus. I don't want to do this. I don't want to be in the library.' So I pulled the ripcord, and that was it. "
" A good leader has to at some point trust those around him; otherwise, nothing constructive is going to get done. "
" As a former English major, I have always been fascinated by the connections between literature and history. "
" As an author of narrative history, I read a lot of history books. "
" As long as I can remember, I've been writing - first poems, then stories, and by my early teenage years I was also in love with sailing. "
" A survival tale peels away the niceties and comforts of civilization. Suddenly, all the technology and education in the world means nothing. I think all of us wonder while reading a survival tale, 'What would I have done in this situation? Would I have made it?' "
" By 1760, the Nantucketers had virtually exterminated the local whale population. "
" Even though I hadn't read a word of it, I grew up hating 'Moby-Dick.' "
" For me, 'Moby-Dick' is more than the greatest American novel ever written; it is a metaphysical survival manual - the best guidebook there is for a literate man or woman facing an impenetrable unknown: the future of civilization in this storm-tossed 21st century. "
" For me, the hardest thing in the world is how to start a book. "
" For the very young, there's nothing better than Mother Goose and anything by Dr. Seuss for the rhythms and language. "
" He was born in 1741, a descendant of the Rhode Island equivalent of royalty. The first Benedict Arnold had been one of the colony's founders, and subsequent generations had helped to establish the Arnolds as solid and respected citizens. "
" History is obviously dependent on the evidence, and it's always amazing to me how much evidence there is. "
" I consider myself a writer who happens to write about history, rather than a historian. I was an English major in college. What I've learned about history is in the field, so to speak. Going into the archives and working with it directly. "
" I don't subscribe to the idea that the founders or anyone else were somehow better than us and that we have to live up to their example. "
" I do work-related stuff on airplanes. Then, when I'm in the hotel room or just vegging out, I read for pleasure. "
" I follow the Patriots, but the Steelers were my first and true love. I still have a 'Terrible Towel.' "
" If you live on Nantucket, you can't avoid its history, and 'Moby Dick' is the way most of us get into Nantucket's history. "
" I had a great AP U.S. History teacher in Pittsburgh. We still exchange Christmas cards. She was the first teacher who said I was a good writer - and I'd never heard that before. And so I remember that, and I remember that level of loving the material and really loving writing about it. "
" I hated the fact that I had to read 'Moby-Dick' as a senior in high school. "
" I'll watch anything, from action to art films. "
" I'm a big Stephen King fan. "
" I'm not one of these people who want to tear down our heroes and that kind of thing. "
" In all natural disasters through time, man needs to attach meaning to tragedy, no matter how random and inexplicable the event is. "
" In my early 20s, I was a big fan of Theodore Dreiser and might be one of the few people on the planet who have voluntarily read all his novels. "
" Instead of being a page-turner, 'Moby-Dick' is a repository of American history and culture and the essentials of Western literature. The book is so encyclopedic that space aliens could use it to re-create the whale fishery as it once existed on the planet Earth in the midst of the 19th century. "
" In the years to come, the combination of climate change and population growth could have a devastating effect on the planet and, needless to say, on humanity. "
" It is impossible to say when 37-year-old Benedict Arnold first met 18-year-old Peggy Shippen, but we do know that on September 25, 1778, he wrote her a love letter - much of it an exact copy of one he'd sent to another woman six months before. But if the overheated rhetoric was recycled, Arnold's passion was genuine. "
" I was an English major at Brown. I never enjoyed history classes. "
" I watch a lot of bad TV. I spend my entire day reading and writing, and after dinner my idea of fun is just to watch a lot of bad TV. That's how I relax and stay in touch with modern culture. "
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