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All Quotes by author - Stephen Ambrose
" Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men. "
" Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation. "
" Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions. "
" I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education. "
" It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly. "
" I've always tried to be fair to my subjects. That's easy when they are as likable and admirable as Lewis and Clark, or Eisenhower. "
" My first book was the book that changed my life. "
" 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. "
" Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote. "
" Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen. "
" The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest. "
" The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed. "
" The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. "
" There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors. "
" The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake. "
" To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way. "
" Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail? "
" Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends. "
" Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death. "
" 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. "
" We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism. "
" 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. "
" You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school. "
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