Stephen Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

Ambrose, born Stephen Edward Ambrose

American Historian and Biographer

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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.

In October 1805, Stoddard?s tour left St. Louis, including forty-five Indians from eleven tribes. They arrived in Washington in January 1806. Jefferson gave them the standard Great Father talk: We are become as numerous as the leaves of the trees, and, tho? we do not boast, we do not fear any nation. . . My children, we are strong, we are numerous as the stars in the heavens, & we are all gun-men. He followed the threat with the carrot: if they would be at peace with one another and trade with the Americans, they could be happy. (In reply, one of the chiefs said he was glad the Americans were as numerous as the stars in the skies, and powerful as well. So much the better, in fact, for that meant the government should be strong enough to keep white squatters off Indian lands.)

Like Crazy Horse, Custer lived his life to the full; again like Crazy Horse, he was so involved with living that he did not have time to fear death.

Older British observers complained, The trouble with you Yanks is that you are overpaid, oversexed, and over here. (To which the Yanks would reply, The trouble with you Limeys is that you are underpaid, undersexed, and under Eisenhower.)

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

U.S. history that while the nation fought its greatest war against the world?s worst racist, it maintained a segregated army abroad and a total system of discrimination at home.

You can take the day off.

At dusk, Wakefield had my most important thought that day. Wading into chest-deep water at first light that morning, I found that my legs would hardly hold me up. I thought I was a coward. Then he had discovered that his sea bags with their explosives had filled with water and he was carrying well over 100 pounds. He had used his knife to cut the bags and dump the water, then moved on to do his job. When I had thought for a moment that I wasn?t going to be able to do it, that I was a coward, and then found out that I could do it, you can?t imagine how great a feeling that was. Just finding out, yes, I could do what I had volunteered to do.

History is everything that has ever happened.

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.

Like their predecessors, the Presidents of today just throw up their hands.

One observer estimated that in 1901 Texas alone had eight hundred million prairie dogs.4 Jack rabbits were nearly as numerous. Antelope and deer numbered in the millions, as did the wolves and coyotes, and there were thousands of elk, bear, and other game.

The myths emphasized the relatedness of life, for in them plants and animals talked and exhibited other human characteristics. The myths taught young Curly that everything had its place and function and that all things and animals were important The stories also gave him a feeling of balance; one, for example, told how the animals got together one day and decided to get back at mankind for killing and eating them. Each animal decided on a different disease he would give to man in retribution. Upon hearing of this, the plants got together and each one decided to provide a remedy for a specific disease. The telling of this myth might lead to the handing down of ancient wisdom about the medicinal properties of various leaves, bark, roots, and herbs.

Was to filter hair tonic through bread and then mix it with grape juice. Like virtually every other drink devised in the Pacific, it was known as Jungle Juice.

You cannot kill that city... I bet there's people saying, I've got to go back.'

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.

I am an unabashed triumphalist. I believe this is the best and greatest country that ever was.

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.

May works be the test of patriotism as they ought, of right, to be of religion.

One of these traders brought in some newspapers and translated them for the Oglalas, reading aloud a report that called the Oglalas bloodthirsty savages and murdering hounds of hell. The word hell confused Crazy Horse. What was hell? The trader tried to explain but only confused Crazy Horse more- how could a great power do a bad thing like sending souls to hell?

The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: marry an English major.

Washington and Jefferson were both rich Virginia planters, but they were never friends.

You don't hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school.

At the hangars, each jumpmaster was given two packs of papers, containing an order of the day from Eisenhower and a message from Colonel Sink, to pass around to the men. Tonight is the night of nights, said Sink?s.

I had no idea that history was about flesh-and-blood people. I was wowed by the way [the professor] drew you into the story. He hadn't said ten sentences when I had decided what I wanted to do with my life. I went up to him after the lecture, and I said, 'How do I do what you do for a living?' And he laughed and said, 'Stick around. We'll show you.'

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