At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.— Stephen Ambrose
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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.
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.
Lieutenant Welsh remembered walking around among the sleeping men, and thinking to himself that 'they had looked at and smelled death all around them all day but never even dreamed of applying the term to themselves. They hadn't come here to fear. They hadn't come to die. They had come to win.
In the 19th century, we devoted our best minds to exploring nature.
In the 20th century, we devoted ourselves to controlling and harnessing it. In the 21st century, we must devote ourselves to restoring it.
Trial by jury. Live wherever you can make a living. How could a government based on such principles fail?
When Hitler declared war on the United States, he was betting that German soldiers, raised up in the Hitler Youth, would always out fight American soldiers, brought up in the Boy Scouts. He lost that bet. The Boy Scouts had been taught how to figure their way out of their own problems.
During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour; at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.
American corporations hate to give away money.
The war in Vietnam I thought a dreadful mistake.
Neighbors are far better acoustic analyzers for determining the quality of their life versus any acoustic instrument left unattended by an expert.
I think it's just that the private lives of our public leaders are so much more exposed today that if you're sensitive to protecting your family, it's much harder to not get defensive when somebody asks you those really rude questions about what your wife and your children are thinking and feeling at that exact moment.
American is the first democratic nation-state.
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.
The great wars of the 20th Century made it into the worst Century ever.
Friendships are different from all other relationships.
Unlike acquaintanceship, friendship is based on love. Unlike lovers and married couples, it is free of jealousy. Unlike children and parents, it knows neither criticism nor resentment. Friendship has no status in law. Business partnerships are based on a contract. So is marriage. Parents are bound by the law. But friendships are freely entered into, freely given, freely exercised.
D-Day represents the greatest achievement of the american people and system in the 20th century. It was the pivot point of the 20th century. It was the day on which the decision was made as to who was going to rule in this world in the second half of the 20th century. Is it going to be Nazism, is it going to be communism, or are the democracies going to prevail?
Within Easy Company they had made the best friends they had ever had, or would ever have. They were prepared to die for each other; more important, they were prepared to kill for each other.
You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.
We know how to win wars. We must learn now to win peace.
My first book was the book that changed my life.
It is through history that we learn who we are and how we got that way, why and how we changed, why the good sometimes prevailed and sometimes did not.
Reading your own material aloud forces you to listen.
I think that the opportunity to improve race relations in the United States has been put off temporarily.
Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote.
History is everything that has ever happened.
Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries you have these great nation states hurling their young men at one another. The victory was really going to rest on who could do the best job of bringing up their kids to become efficient and effective soldiers. That's pretty grandiose, I guess, but I do think that, and thank God it's been the armies of democracy that have emerged from this as the triumphant armies.
To have some parts flowing free again .
. . with deer grazing on its banks . . . ducks and geese raising their young in the backwaters . . . eddies and twists and turns for canoeists . . . and fishing opportunities such as Lewis and Clark enjoyed . . . would be the finest possible tribute to the men of the Expedition, and a priceless gift for our children.
Almost everything Truman did in foreign affairs I approve of.
In one of his last newsletters, Mike Ranney wrote: "In thinking back on the days of Easy Company, I'm treasuring my remark to a grandson who asked, 'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' No,'" I answered, 'but I served in a company of heroes.
Oftentimes the fascinating thing is that people who are seen as commanding figures at the moment that they were considered for President and did not run turned out to be treated by history as much more minor figures politically.
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.
There are many rules of good writing, but the best way to find them is to be a good reader.
We are part of a country that outshines those that have gone before us and most of those in existence today.
Friends never cheat on each other, or take advantage, or lie.
Friends do not spy on one another, yet they have no secrets. Friends glory in each other's successes and are downcast by the failures. Friends minister to each other, nurse each other. Friends give to each other, worry about each other, stand always ready to help. Perfect friendship is rarely achieved, but at its height it is an ecstasy.
Nothing is inevitable in life. People make choices, and those choices have results, and we all live with the results.