David Mccullough Quotes & Wallpapers

David Mccullough
Total Quotes: 162

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

Morality only is eternal. All the rest is balloon and bubble from the cradle to the grave. David Mccullough

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

First of all, you can make the argument that there's no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past. David Mccullough

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

My wife, the star I steer by. David Mccullough

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

...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

How can we know who we are and where we are going if we don't know anything about where we have come from and what we have been through, the courage shown, the costs paid, to be where we are? David Mccullough

I've always been dissatisfied, I know that. But lately I find that I reek of discontentment. It fills my throat, and it floods my brain. And sometimes I fear there is no longer a dream, but only the discontentment. David Mccullough

When the founders wrote about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they didn't mean longer vacations and more comfortable hammocks. They meant the pursuit of learning. The pursuit of improvement and excellence. In hard work is happiness. David Mccullough

Books can change your life. Some of the most influential people in our lives are characters we meet in books. David Mccullough

To hold the reader's attention, you have to bring the person who's reading the book inside the experience of the time: What was it like to have been alive then? What were these people like as human beings? 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. David Mccullough

I could not do what I do without the kindness, consideration, resourcefulness and work of librarians, particularly in public libraries. What started me writing history happened because of some curiosity that I had about some photographs I'd seen in the Library of Congress. David Mccullough

One of the things about the arts that is so important is that in the arts you discover the only way to learn how to do it is by doing it. You can't write by reading a book about it. The only way to learn how to write a book is to sit down and try to write a book David Mccullough

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

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

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

I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities. David Mccullough

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

There is only one person who can measure your success. That person is you. David Mccullough

Washington had performed his role to perfection. It was no enough that a leader look the part; by Washington's rules, he must know how to act it with self-command and precision. David Mccullough

A leader must look and act the part. David Mccullough

The source of our suffering has been our timidity. We have been afraid to think....Let us dare to read, think, speak, write. David Mccullough

Read. Read every chance you get. Read to keep growing. Read history. Read poetry. Read for pure enjoyment. Read a book called Life on a Little Known Planet. It's about insects. It will make you feel better. 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. David Mccullough

My love is to tell a story but I like stories that evolve from character, from the nature of the individuals involved. David Mccullough

History isn't just what happened, but what happened to whom and why and what would have been different if the cast of characters had been different. David Mccullough

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

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. David Mccullough

We should draw on our story, we should draw on our history. If we don't know who we are, if we don't know how we became what we are, we're going to start suffering from all the obvious detrimental effects of amnesia. David Mccullough

Spotting talent is one of the essential elements of great leadership. David Mccullough

Freedom is found through the portals of our nation's libraries. David Mccullough

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

The past after all is only another name for someone else's present. David Mccullough

Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion-and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you're not special. Because everyone is. David Mccullough

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard. David Mccullough

Each generation, we peel back biases that have blinded those before us. The more we know about the past enables us to ask richer and more provocative questions about who we are today. David Mccullough

I often think of that when I hear people say that they haven't time to read. David Mccullough

Real success is finding your life work in the work that you love. That's it. Don't worry about making a living, don't worry about popularity or fame. Make what you do ... count more than what you own. David Mccullough

I think that we need history as much as we need bread or water or love. David Mccullough

However little television you watch, watch less. David Mccullough

A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia. David Mccullough

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

In time I began to understand that it's when you start writing that you really find out what you don't know and need to know. David Mccullough

In fact, it was the largest expeditionary force of the 18th century. The largest, most powerful force ever set forth from Britain or any nation. David Mccullough

The first of all qualities of a general is courage. David Mccullough

When I'm reading for my own pleasure, I read things other than history or archival material. I read a lot of fiction. I'm very fond of mysteries. David Mccullough

Once I discovered the endless fascination of doing the research and of doing the writing, I knew I had found what I wanted to do in my life. Every book is a new journey. I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project. David Mccullough

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

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

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. David Mccullough

The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life is an achievement. To do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance. 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. David Mccullough

Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others, the rest of the 6.8 billion-and those who will follow them. And then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you're not special. Because everyone is. David Mccullough

We are all what we are, in large degree, because of others who have helped, coached, taught, counseled, who set a standard by example, who've taken an interest in our interests, opened doors, opened our minds, helped us see, who gave encouragement when we needed it, who reprimanded or prodded when we needed it, and at critical moments, inspired. David Mccullough

May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof. David Mccullough

When I began, I thought that the way one should work was to do all the research and then write the book. David Mccullough

I had been writing for about twelve years. I knew pretty well how you could find things out, but I had never been trained in an academic way how to go about the research. David Mccullough

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

They must be cool but determined...he threatened instant death to any man who showed cowardice. David Mccullough

I feel that what I do is a calling. I would pay to do what I do if I had to. I will never live long enough to do the work I want to do: the books I would like to write, the ideas I would like to explore. 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. 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. David Mccullough

There is a human longing to go back to other times. We all know how when we were children we asked our parents, "What was it like when you were a kid?" I think it probably has something to do with our survival as a species. 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. David Mccullough

History is about life. It's awful when the life is squeezed out of it and there's no flavor left, no uncertainties, no horsing around. It always disturbed me how many biographers never gave their subjects a chance to eat. You can tell a lot about people by how they eat, what they eat, and what kind of table manners they have. David Mccullough

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

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

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