47 Total Quotes

David McCullough Quotes

David McCullough
People ask me when I start one of these projects, what is your theme? I haven’t the faintest idea. That’s why you’re writing the book, it seems to me, to find out. To me, it’s a journey. It’s an adventure. It’s traveling in a country you’ve never been in and everything is going to be new, and because of that, vivid. And don’t make up your mind too soon. Let it be an experience.
David McCullough
#Ask

David McCullough
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
#Books And Reading

David McCullough
Reading history is good for all of us," he says, not surprisingly, perhaps, but his rationale is a fresh, somewhat bracing thought: "If you know history, you know that there is no such thing as a self-made man or self-made woman. We are shaped by people we have never met. Yes, reading history will make you a better citizen and more appreciative of the law, and of freedom, and of how the economy works or doesn't work, but it is also an immense pleasure—the way art is, or music is, or poetry is. And it's never stale.
David McCullough
#Biography

David McCullough
It's a mistake and a great shame,
David McCullough
#Mistake

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The Great Bridge, The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
David McCullough
#Bridge

David McCullough
May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
David McCullough
#American Historian #Honest

David McCullough
No harm's done to history by making it something someone would want to read.
David McCullough
#American Historian #History

David McCullough
Real success is finding your lifework in the worth that you love.
David McCullough
#Cute Love #Sweet Love #Love

David McCullough
If something didn't work, he'd try something else. If something else didn't work, he'd try something else again. Over and over, and always learning from his mistakes. Learning the job on the job, at a terrible cost, to be sure.
David McCullough
#Work

David McCullough
You can't be a full participant in our democracy if you don't know our history.
David McCullough
#American Historian #Democracy

David McCullough
was the biggest news event in America since the assassination of Lincoln in 1865.
David McCullough
#America

David McCullough
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.
David McCullough
#American Actress #History

David McCullough
A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia.
David McCullough
#American Actress #Past

David McCullough
Real success is finding you lifework in the work that you love.
David McCullough
#American Actress #Love

David McCullough
"Reading history is good for all of us," he says, not surprisingly, perhaps, but his rationale is a fresh, somewhat bracing thought: "If you know history, you know that there is no such thing as a self-made man or self-made woman. We are shaped by people we have never met. Yes, reading history will make you a better citizen and more appreciative of the law, and of freedom, and of how the economy works or doesn't work, but it is also an immense pleasurethe way art is, or music is, or poetry is. And it's never stale."
David McCullough
#Literature

David McCullough
Every book is a new journey. I never felt I was an expert on a subject as I embarked on a project.
David McCullough
#American Historian

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
#American Historian

David McCullough
I could not do what I do without the kindness, consideration, resourcefulness and work of librarians, particularly in public libraries.
David McCullough
#American Historian

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
#American Historian

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
#American Historian

David McCullough
I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting and trying to weed out the lumber.
David McCullough
#American Historian

David McCullough
I would pay to do what I do if I had to.
David McCullough
#American Historian