Quotations by Stephen Ambrose

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Born: Friday, January 10, 1936
Died: Sunday, October 13, 2002 (66 years old)
Profession: Historian
Nationality: American


Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.
- Stephen Ambrose

American corporations hate to give away money.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Money, American, Corporations, Hate)

American is the first democratic nation-state.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: American, First, Nation)

Andrew Johnson was a Southerner generally who proclaimed that his native state of Tennessee was a country for white men.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Men, Country, State)

As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Promise)

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present, incorporated into daily life.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: History, Life, Present)

Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Heroes)

Dams have harmed our wildlife and made rivers less useful for recreation.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Recreation, Rivers, Wildlife)

Eisenhower had the clearest blue eyes. He would fix them on you. In my every interview with him, he would lock his eyes on to mine and keep them there.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Eyes)

Eisenhower is my choice as the American of the 20th Century. Of all the men I've studied and written about, he is the brightest and the best.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Men, American, Choice)

Even before Watergate and his resignation, Nixon had inspired conflicting and passionate emotions.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Emotions, Nixon, Resignation)

History is everything that has ever happened.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: History)

I thought Nixon was the worst President we had ever had, save only perhaps Andrew Johnson.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Thought, Nixon, President)

I was taught by professors who had done their schooling in the 1930s. Most of them were scornful of, even hated, big business.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Business)

I was too young for Korea and too old for Vietnam.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Old, Vietnam)

I'm no politician. I'm an historian who has learned through a lifetime of studying that nothing in the world beats universal education.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Education, Nothing, World)

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.
- Stephen Ambrose

Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Help, Restaurants, Shops)

In 1945, there were more people killed, more buildings destroyed, more high explosives set off, more fires burning than before or since.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: People)

In America, Jefferson noted with approval, women knew their place.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Women, America, Approval)

It does you no good to see the number two or number three man in the corporation-you have to get through to number one.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Man)

It would not be possible to praises nurses too highly.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Nurses)

Jefferson owned slaves. He did not believe that all were created equal. He was a racist.
- Stephen Ambrose

Johnson had been the most powerful man in the world, yet the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong had resisted, overcome his power, broken his will.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Power, Man, Will, World)

Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Today)

My favorite book is the last one printed, which is always better than those that were published earlier.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Favorite)

My first book was the book that changed my life.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Life, First)

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.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Government, Job, Party, Vietnam)

Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Life, Nixon, Vote)

Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Reading)

The American Constitution is the greatest governing document, and at some 7,000 words, just about the shortest.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: American, Constitution, Words)

The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians. It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Disgrace, states, United)

The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever.
- Stephen Ambrose

The Holocaust was the most evil crime ever committed.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Crime, Evil)

The more sophisticated we get, the more advanced our buildings and vehicles become, the more vulnerable we are.
- Stephen Ambrose

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Successful, Being, English, Writer)

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Faith, Love, Knowledge, Hope, Future, Past)

The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: War, Thought, Mistake, Vietnam)

There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Editors, Want, Writers)

To be a slaveholder meant one had to regard the African American as inferior in every way.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: African, American)

Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Government, Jury, Living, Principles)

Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Friends, Washington)

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Death, Washington)

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.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Character, Choice, First, Nation, President, Republican, Washington)

We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Country, 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?
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Today)

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.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: War, History, Progress, Winning, World, World war)

World War II, the atomic bomb, the Cold War, made it hard for Americans to continue their optimism.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: War, Optimism, Americans, World, World war)

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.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: Money, Work, Living, Writing)

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.
- Stephen Ambrose
(Keywords: History, Hate, School)







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