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David McCullough Quotes

A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future
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I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew
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A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars
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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour
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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken
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It was an utterly phenomenal achievement  (David McCullough Quotes) Nothing ever invented can you a bigger life than a book  (David McCullough Quotes) There’s no such thing as a foreseeable future  (David McCullough Quotes) Real success is finding you lifework in the work that you love  (David McCullough Quotes) 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  (David McCullough Quotes) You can’t love what you don’t know much about. You can’t convince, stimulate, hold the attention, teach, if you don’t know what you’re talking about.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) We all know the old expression, I’ll work my thoughts out on paper. There’s something about the pen that focuses the brain in a way that nothing else does. That is why we must have more writing in the schools, more writing in all subjects, not just in English classes.  (David McCullough Quotes) I feel that history is in many ways the most important of all subjects because it is about everything and because it’s about who we are and how we came to be the way we are.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) ...Had proven himself a leader of remarkable ability, a man not only of enterprising ideas, but with the staying power to carry them out  (David McCullough Quotes) There are no people on earth in whom a spirit of enthusiastic zeal is so readily kindled, and burns so remarkably, as Americans  (David McCullough Quotes) I often think of that when I hear people say that they haven’t time to read  (David McCullough Quotes) Read. Read all the time. Read as a matter of principle, as a matter of self-respect. Read as a nourishing staple of life  (David McCullough Quotes) 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  (David McCullough Quotes) I can fairly be called an amateur because I do what I do, in the original sense of the word - for love, because I love it. On the other hand, I think that those of us who make our living writing history can also be called true professionals  (David McCullough Quotes) A leader must look and act the part  (David McCullough Quotes) Why limit yourself to the experience of your own relatively brief time on earth, according to your biological clock, when the whole realm of the human experience reaching back infinitely far is available to you?  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) Read. Read. Read. Read. Read great books. Read poetry, history, biography. Read the novels that have stood the test of time. And read closely.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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.  (David McCullough Quotes) To go back and read Swift and Defoe and Samuel Johnson and Smollett and Pope - all those people we had to read in college English courses - to read them now is to have one of the infinite pleasures in life.  (David McCullough Quotes) 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]  (David McCullough Quotes) Books can change your life. Some of the most influential people in our lives are characters we meet in books.  (David McCullough Quotes) When I read that the British army had landed thirty-two thousand troops - and I had realized, not very long before, that Philadelphia only had thirty thousand people in it - it practically lifted me out of my chair.  (David McCullough Quotes) I’m very aware how many distractions the reader has in life today, how many good reasons there are to put the book down.  (David McCullough Quotes) On a medical school professor noted for slowly, carefully interviewing the patient: He taught the love of truth.  (David McCullough Quotes) The more we see the founders as humans the more we can understand them  (David McCullough Quotes)
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