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#1. A lot of times when people are on campaigns, it can be like a movie set. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#2. If he (Teddy Roosevelt) lacked Will Taft's immediate charisma, gradually his classmates could not resist the spell of his highly original personality. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#3. Corinne suggested a different reason, indicating that her dying father had expressed concern about Theodore's intimacy with Edith, given Charles Carow's fiscal and temperamental instability. If Theodore discussed the issue with Edith that night, he might well have triggered the volatility that he would obscurely explain to Bamie as a clash of tempers "that were far from being of the best. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#4. There is no one left," McClure exhorted his readers as he cast about for a remedy to America's woes at the turn of the twentieth century, "none but all of us. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#5. As ever, books remained a medium through which Theodore and Edith connected and interpreted larger world. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#6. To be successful one must make change an ongoing process. Quality is a race with no finish line. - Author: David T. Kearns
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#7. I liked the thought that the book I was now holding had been held by dozens of others. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#8. After ministering each day to the hundreds of young men who had endured ghastly wounds, submitted to amputations without anesthesia, and often died without the comfort of family or friends, Whitman wrote, nothing of ordinary misfortune seems as it used to. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#9. People will love him (Theodore Roosevelt) for the enemies he has made. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#10. She could be affectionate, generous, and optimistic one day; vengeful, depressed, and irritable the next. In the colloquial language of her friends, she was "either in the garret or cellar." In either mood, she needed attention, something the self-contained Lincoln was not always able to provide. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#11. The majority of the great fortunes were "won not by doing evil, but as an incident to action which has benefited the community as a whole. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#12. The story is told of Lincoln's first meeting with Mary at a festive party. Captivated by her lively manner, intelligent face, clear blue eyes, and dimpled smile, Lincoln reportedly said, "I want to dance with you in the worst way." And, Mary laughingly told her cousin later that night, "he certainly did. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#13. I still think about that one Jamiroquai video a lot. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#14. Why bother with fictional characters and plots when the world was full of more marvelous stories that were true, with characters so fresh, so powerful, so new, that they stepped from into the narratives under their own power? - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#15. The histories and tragedies of Shakespeare that Lincoln loved most dealt with themes that would resonate to a president in the midst of civil war: political intrigue, the burdens of power, the nature of ambition, the relationship of leaders to those they governed. The plays illuminated with stark beauty the dire consequences of civil strife, the evils wrought by jealousy and disloyalty, the emotions evoked by the death of a child, the sundering of family ties or love of country. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#16. Johnson saw preoccupation with principle and procedure as a sign of impotence. Such men were "troublemakers," more concerned with appearing forceful than in exercising the real strengths that led to tangible achievement. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#17. The very qualities that had led to Johnson's political and legislative success were precisely those that now operated to destroy him: his inward insistence that the world adapt itself to his goals; his faith in the nation's limitless capacity; his tendency to evaluate all human activity in terms of its political significance; his insistence on translating every disruptive situation into one where bargaining was possible; his reliance on personal touch; his ability to speak to each of his constituent groups on its own terms. All these gifts, instead of sustaining him, now conspired to destroy him. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#18. A piece of art, when completed, encapsulates its own reality. As its architect, the artist's task is to craft it well enough that the reader believes in its existence and is willing to enter, explore, and engage based on the artist's version of the truth, even if that truth is artifice. - Author: Kate Kearns
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#19. Roosevelt declared, arguing that the insistence upon having only the perfect cure often results in securing no betterment whatever. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#20. Modernizing the postal service was particularly important for the soldiers, who relied on letters, newspapers, and magazines from home to sustain morale. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#21. We shall be branded with the steel of clinging shame if we leave the Philippines to fall into a welter of bloody anarchy," he proclaimed, "instead of taking hold of them and governing them with righteousness and justice, in the interests of their own people even more than in the interests of ours. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#22. The failed deal crushed McClure, precipitating a nervous breakdown in April 1900 that propelled him to Europe to undergo the celebrated "rest-cure" devised by an American physician, S. Weir Mitchell. Prescribed for a range of nervous disorders, the rest cure required that patients remain isolated for weeks or even months at a time, forbidden to read or write, rigidly adhering to a milk-only diet. Underlying this regimen was the assumption that "raw milk is a food the body easily turns into good blood," which would restore positive energy when pumped through the body. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#23. When he first returned to the Badlands in the summer of 1884, the austere landscape seemed to mirror his melancholy. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#24. As S. S. McClure well understood, the "vitality of democracy" depends on "popular knowledge of complex questions." At - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#25. In the race for quality, there is no finish line - Author: David T. Kearns
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#26. Having hope," writes Daniel Goleman in his study of emotional intelligence, "means that one will not give in to overwhelming anxiety, a defeatist attitude, or depression in the face of difficult challenges or setbacks." Hope is "more than the sunny view that everything will turn out all right"; it is "believing you have the will and the way to accomplish your goals. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#27. I love you,baby.I will never tire of saying it,nor tire of you hearing it.I.Love.You. - Author: Morgan Kearns
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#28. There was no need to remind Roosevelt who controlled the senate. "I persistently refused to lose my temper," he recalled. "I merely explained good-humoredly that I had made up my mind." Though he steadfastly refused - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#29. (from John Hay's diary) "The President never appeared to better advantage in the world," Hay proudly noted in his diary. "Though He knows how immense is the danger to himself from the unreasoning anger of that committee, he never cringed to them for an instant. He stood where he thought he was right and crushed them with his candid logic. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#30. All through my childhood, my father kept from me the knowledge that the daily papers printed daily box scores, allowing me to believe that without my personal renderings of all those games he missed while he was at work, he would be unable to follow our team in the only proper way a team should be followed, day by day, inning by inning. In other words, without me, his love for baseball would be forever incomplete. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#31. And John Kearns whispered into my ear: "Do you see it now? *You* are the nest. *You* are the hatchling. *You* are the chrysalis. *You* are the progeny. *You* are the rot that falls from the stars. All of us
you and I and poor, dear Pellinore. Behold the face of the magnificum, child. And despair."
Though I was sickened by the sight, I looked. In the bower of the beast at the top of the world, I beheld the face of the magnificum, and I did not turn away. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#32. We have a solemn responsibility to cooperate with the President and produce a program that is neither his blueprint nor our blueprint but a combination of the two. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#33. In fact, Lincoln and Stanton had already heard similar complaints. After dispatching investigators to look into General Grant's behavior, however, they had concluded that his drinking did not affect his unmatched ability to plan, execute, and win battles. A memorable story circulated that when a delegation brought further rumors of Grant's drinking to the president, Lincoln declared that if he could find the brand of whiskey Grant used, he would promptly distribute it to the rest of his generals! - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#34. The ambition to establish a reputation worthy of the esteem of his fellows so that his story could be told after his death had carried Lincoln through his bleak childhood, his laborious efforts to educate himself, his string of political failures, and a depression so profound that he declared himself more than willing to die, except that he had done nothing to make any human being remember that he had lived. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#35. An adult friend of Lincoln's: Life was to him a school. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#36. People tease me about knowing somehow that Obama would put Clinton into the cabinet, and everybody would talk about a team of rivals. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#37. Roosevelt repeatedly brought his clenched fist down on the palm of his other hand. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#38. Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition," he wrote. "I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#39. I thereby learned the invaluable lesson that in the practical activities of life no man can render the highest service unless he can act in combination with his fellows, which means a certain amount of give-and-take between him and them. Restraining - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#40. Fearing that Taft would be too reticent on the stump, Roosevelt barraged him with incessant advice. "Do not answer Bryan; attack him!" he counseled in early September, adding, "Don't let him make the issues. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#41. This extreme treatment was among the proliferating regimens developed in response to the stunning increase in nervous disorders diagnosed around the turn of the century. Commentators and clinicians cited a number of factors related to the stresses of modern civilization: the increased speed of communication facilitated by the telegraph and railroad; the "unmelodious" clamor of city life replacing the "rhythmical" sounds of nature; and the rise of the tabloid press that exploded "local horrors" into national news. These nervous diseases became an epidemic among "the ultracompetitive businessman and the socially active woman. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#42. His fierce determination to escape an invalid's fate led him to transform his body and timid demeanor through strenuous work; Taft, on the other hand, blessed from birth with robust health, would allow his physical strength and energy to gradually dissipate over the years into a state of obesity. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#43. Moreover, he objected, "I have never done an official act with a view to promote my own personal aggrandizement, and I don't like to begin now. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#44. Discipline and keen insight had once again served Lincoln most effectively. By regulating his emotions and resisting the impulse to strike back at Chase when the circular first became known, he gained time for his friends to mobilize the massive latent support for his candidacy. Chase's aspirations were crushed without Lincoln's direct intrusion. He had known all along that his treasury secretary was no innocent, but by seeming to accept Chase's word, he allowed the secretary to retain some measure of his dignity while the country retained his services in the cabinet. Lincoln himself would determine the appropriate time for Chase's departure. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#45. If he could not go out into the world, the world could come to him. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#46. But the same "personal charm" that had propelled Taft to the presidency ultimately proved "dangerous" to him, Baker concluded. For far too long, his amiable nature had kept him from the rough-and-tumble of politics, from the need to fight for himself and his convictions. Had he come into the White House - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#47. A man never knows exactly how the child of his brain will strike other people. - Author: William Howard Taft
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#48. Nevertheless, no other speech proved so effective, none so full of character and none which found so responsive an audience. It carried everything before it, and old campaigners sighed that such energy was beyond them. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#49. morning I was at work in the Labor Department - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#50. I remember coming back from training one day and Simon Poidevin was talking to a priest. I thought ... this was going to be some rough encounter because there's Poido getting the last rites before the test's even started - Author: Phil Kearns
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#51. The author writes that key FDR aide Harry Hopkins was in such poor health near the end of his boss's second term that one observer said he didn't know how Hopkins could possibly report to the president. But, at the onset of war and genuine national emergency, Hopkins was animated with a new sense of purpose. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#52. Unlike depression, melancholy does not have a specific cause. It is an aspect of temperament, perhaps genetically based. One may emerge from the hypo, as Lincoln did, but melancholy is an indelible part of one's nature. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#53. The young man never seemed to know what idleness was," marveled Cutler, "and every leisure moment would find the last novel, some English classic or some abstruse book on natural history in his hands. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#54. You can go to the end of time, the last World Cup in the history of mankind, and the All-Blacks will be favourites for it. - Author: Phil Kearns
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#55. Roosevelt had defined the public interest in the previously private struggle between labor and capital. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#56. America was a special country, because, despite the diversity of our racial, religious, and ethnic origins, we were all one nation, one people with a shared set of values and a common culture. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#57. It is no limitation upon property rights or freedom of contract," he noted, "to require that when men receive from government the privilege of doing business under corporate form," they assume an obligation to the public. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#58. By privately endorsing Seward's spirit of compromise while projecting an unyielding public image, President-elect Lincoln retained an astonishing degree of control over an increasingly chaotic and potentially devastating situation. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#59. since I heard. Yes, Will, I do know her, and it makes - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#60. Of Teddy Roosevelt and his siblings, the author writes they were, armed with an innate curiosity and discipline fostered by his remarkable father. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#61. Hearst's papers and magazines" were his intended target and promised his speech would clarify that he abhorred "the whitewash brush quite as much as of mud slinging. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#62. It seemed as though Theodore's passion for Alice far exceeded his genuine knowledge of her. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#63. Journalists were at the forefront. From the Civil War until the early 1900s, nothing was being done to solve the problems of the Industrial Age. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#64. Everything," a journalist observed, "tended to represent the home of a man who has battled hard with the fortunes of life, and whose hard experience had taught him to enjoy whatever of success belongs to him, rather in solid substance than in showy display. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#65. Edith (the future Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt) developed a lifelong devotion to drama and poetry. "I have gone back to Shakespeare, as I always do," she would write seven decades later. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#66. In the beginning we start with roses. The king's flower right? Only they wilt in less than a day, especially when exposed to the elements. But Carnations? Oh, what a beautiful flower. They come in every color. True, some are painted, but that doesn't mean they are less beautiful, and they never wilt. - Author: Ruth McLeod-Kearns
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#67. The same magazines which not long before advertised products which would quickly allow women to return to their war work now extolled elaborate recipes which women could attempt if they stayed home and vacated jobs for men. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#68. How children dance," Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, "to the unlived lives of their parents, - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#69. I've been to the White House a number of times. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#70. The choice of Blaine "speaks badly for the intelligence of the mass of my party," he ruefully continued. "It may be that 'the voice of the people is the voice of God' in fifty one cases out of a hundred; but in the remaining forty nine it is quite as likely to be the voice of the devil, or, what is still worse, the voice of a fool." Still, - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#71. Ironically, the more intensive and far-reaching a historian's research, the greater the difficulty of citation. As the mountain of material grows, so does the possibility of error. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#72. Their lifelong love of learning, their remarkable wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, was fostered primarily by their father. He read aloud to them at night, eliciting their responses to works of history and literature. He organized amateur plays for them, encourage pursuit of special interests, prompted them to write essays on their readings, and urge them to recite poetry. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#73. My books are written with a strong chronological spine. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#74. There are two antagonistic elements of society in America," Seward had proclaimed, "freedom and slavery. Freedom is in harmony with our system of government and with the spirit of the age, and is therefore passive and quiescent. Slavery is in conflict with that system, with justice, with humanity, and is therefore organized, defensive, active, and perpetually aggressive." Free labor, he said, demands universal suffrage and the widespread "diffusion of knowledge." The slave-based system, by contrast "cherishes ignorance because it is the only security for oppression. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#75. Our party, he declared, stands for "the right of property" and "the right of liberty," for institutions that have "stood the test of time," and for an economic system that rewards "energy, courage, enterprise, attention to duty, hard work, thrift, and providence" rather than "laziness, lack of attention, lack of industry, the yielding to appetite and passion. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#76. FDR, even weakened and near the end of his life, opted to allow disabled veterans to see his true condition. This allowed them to understand the life which could still be before them. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#77. Not everyone was meant to be No. 1. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#78. Elizabeth Blair of brother Frank: he could not let even a great man set his small dogs on him without kicking the dog & giving his master some share of the resentment. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#79. For recreation, Lincoln took up bowling with his fellow boarders. Though a clumsy bowler, according to Dr. Busey, Lincoln "played the game with great zest and spirit" and "accepted success and defeat with like good nature and humor. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#80. Lincoln's ability to retain his emotional balance in such difficult situations was rooted in actute self-awareness and an enormous capacity to dispel anxiety in constructive ways. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#81. There will be some one at the White House whom you will like more than me," Roosevelt had predicted during his final meeting with the press corps, "but not one who will interest you more. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#82. Abraham Lincoln would maintain that he had never been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#83. When Prince Napoleon, the cousin of Napoleon Bonaparte III, visited Washington in early August, Mary organized an elaborate dinner party. She found the task of entertaining much simpler than it had been in Springfield days. "We only have to give our orders for the dinner, and dress in proper season," she wrote her friend Hannah Shearer. Having learned French when she was young, she conversed easily with the prince. It was a "beautiful dinner," Lizzie Grimsley recalled, "beautifully served, gay conversation in which the French tongue predominated." Two days later, her interest in French literature apparently renewed, Mary requested Volume 9 of the Oeuvres de Victor Hugo from the Library of Congress. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#84. When they returned home, he took his young son aside. "Theodore, you have the mind but you have not the body, and without the help of the body the mind cannot go as far as it should," he admonished. "You must make your body. It is hard drudgery to make one's body, but I know you will do it." Teedie responded immediately, according to Corinne, giving his - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#85. Though we are confident that Blessed Martin had no serious sins with which to reproach himself, though his contemporaries assure us that they had moral certitude that he had ever preserved his baptismal innocence, he regarded himself, like St. Paul, as the least of all men and unworthy of the habit he wore. Martin never lost an opportunity of being humiliated; he gladly received any personal insults and injuries as an ordinary person would receive favors. Indeed, he evidenced clear signs of gratitude to those who humbled him - he looked upon them as his real benefactors, and nothing caused him so much affliction of the soul and mental anguish as hearing himself the object of praise. When he found himself thus honored, especially by those distinguished by their good sense and their position of dignity in the community, he promptly sought out the most hidden place and there mercilessly inflicted upon himself a penance, usually in the form of the discipline. When it was impossible for him to retire, he had the habit of striking his breast unobtrusively and humbling himself before Almighty God. Even at times, especially when he was not conscious of the fact that he was being observed, strange words of self-deprecation fell from his lips. We are assured that he often repeated epithets of scorn, that he would mutter: 'What real merit have you? Remember that you ought to be nothing but a slave. Only through the mercy of God are you tolerated by these holy religious. - Author: J.C. Kearns
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#86. She was never satisfied with anything less than perfection, but she was no grind. She was too interested in people. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#87. (Theodore) Roosevelt confessed early fascination with "girls'stories" such as Little Man and Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#88. As he had done so many times before, Lincoln withstood the storm of defeat by replacing anguish over an unchangeable past with hope in an uncharted future. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#89. Since Obama has expressed admiration for the portrait of Abraham Lincoln that Doris Kearns Goodwin paints in 'Team of Rivals,' he could do the 16th president one better: He should name Hillary Clinton as his running mate in 2012. That would be both needed change and audacious. - Author: Douglas Wilder
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#90. We've got to figure out a way that we give a private sphere for our public leaders. We're not gonna get the best people in public life if we don't do that. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#91. I hated to have us take the Philippines, but I don't see how in the world we can give them up. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#92. Washington was a typical American. Napoleon was a typical Frenchman, but Lincoln was a humanitarian as broad as the world. He was bigger than his country - bigger than all the Presidents together.
We are still too near to his greatness,' (Leo) Tolstoy (in 1908) concluded, 'but after a few centuries more our posterity will find him considerably bigger than we do. His genius is still too strong and powerful for the common understanding, just as the sun is too hot when its light beams directly on us.' (748) - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#93. With McClure's support, Steffens embarked on an odyssey. For the better part of three years, he called on people in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, and Madison. "My business is to find subjects and writers, to educate myself in the way the world is wagging, so as to bring the magazine up to date," he explained to his father. "I feel ready to do something really fine. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#94. Though [Abraham Lincoln] never would travel to Europe, he went with Shakespeare's kings to Merry England; he went with Lord Byron poetry to Spain and Portugal. Literature allowed him to transcend his surroundings. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#95. I trust you will have the grace to go and hang yourself rather than attempt to belittle a nation by running for the presidency, - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#96. Hunter-gathers, by nature, store information for use, understanding that there may be a time when information is scarce. - Author: Brian C. O'Connor, Jud H. Copeland, Jodi L. Kearns
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#97. Becky was a weed. Nobody ever wanted them taking over the bigger, prettier plants. People went to all extremes to make them go away. They sprayed poison, pulled until the roots gave way. They felt only like their garden was complete when every tendril was extirpated. This was how she felt from birth. - Author: Ruth McLeod-Kearns
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#98. In every heart, there lives a Jack Kearns. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#99. Today's public education system is a failed monopoly: bureaucratic, rigid and in unsteady control of dissatisfied captive markets. - Author: David T. Kearns
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#100. The vice presidency "ought to be abolished," he told his friend Leonard Wood. "The man who occupies it may at any moment be everything; but meanwhile he is practically nothing. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#101. To Lincoln's mind, the fundamental test of a democracy was its capacity to elevate the condition of men, to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#102. Spring had come to Washington. The cherry blossoms were in bloom. Yet the glacial mood of the capital refused to melt. Accusations - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#103. Before any outcome was made public, the radicals had worked themselves into "a fury of rage," certain that the president "was about to give up the political fruits which had been already gathered - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#104. Even Roosevelt, with his singular disciplined drive, managed to quit work early four or five afternoons each week for a game of tennis or jog through Rock Creek Park before heading - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#105. No man resolved to make the most of himself, can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper, and the loss of self-control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog, than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite." Frank - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#106. FDR once said he was like a cat, that he would pounce and then relax. That's much harder to do in the 24-hour cable world, because it's almost like the press demands of you to be saying something or doing something every day. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#107. Lincoln understood that the greatest challenge for a leader in a democratic society is to educate public opinion. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#108. What is clear is that at some point my father determined he would write the story of his life himself, rather than let it be written for him by his tortured past. And this resolve was the greatest gift he bequeathed to his children. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#109. The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#110. When resentment and contention threatened to destroy his administration, he refused to be provoked by petty grievances, to submit to jealousy, or to brood over perceived slights. Through the appalling pressures he faced day after day, he retained an unflagging faith in his country's cause. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#111. Well, did anything interesting happen today?' [my father] would begin. And even before the daily question was completed I had eagerly launched into my narrative of every play, and almost every pitch, of that afternoon's contest. It never crossed my mind to wonder if, at the close of a day's work, he might find my lengthy account the least bit tedious. For there was mastery as well as pleasure in our nightly ritual. Through my knowledge, I commanded my father's undivided attention, the sign of his love. It would instill in me an early awareness of the power of narrative, which would introduce a lifetime of storytelling, fueled by the naive confidence that others would find me as entertaining as my father did. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#112. Perhaps no American family-with the possible exception of the Adams family-has had a more vivid and powerful impact on the life of their times. But the Kennedy tale-the spiral compound of glory, achievement, degradation and almost mythical tragedy-exerts a fascination upon us that goes beyond their public achievements. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#113. The Know Nothings fought to delay citizenship for the new immigrants and bar them from voting. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#114. There are but a handful of times in the history of our country when there occurs a transformation so remarkable that a molt seems to take place, and an altered country begins to emerge. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#115. If the spirited crowd expected a speech exalting recent Union victories, they were disappointed. In keeping with his lifelong tendency to consider all sides of a troubled situation, Lincoln urged a more sympathetic understanding of the nation's alienated citizens in the South. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#116. The labor leader Samuel Gompers had long considered the production of cigars in unsanitary tenements "one of the most dreadful, cancerous sores" on the city of New York. Realizing - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#117. It is surprising," Roosevelt explained, "how much reading a man can do in time usually wasted. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#118. Through the last days of May and the early days of June, Eleanor - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#119. Nothing so extraordinary has ever happened in American politics," a dazed Harold Ickes wrote. "Here was a man - a Democrat until a couple of years ago - who, without any organization went into a Republican National Convention and ran away with the nomination for President . - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#120. For your penance, say two Hail Marys, three our Fathers, and," he added, with a chuckle, "say a special prayer for the Dodgers. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#121. Within the coming decade alone, three signal amendments would be added to the Constitution: the Sixteenth, giving the national government the power to levy a progressive income tax, without which many of the New Deal's social programs might not have been possible; the Seventeenth, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators; and the Nineteenth, finally granting American women the right to vote. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#122. It soon became clear, however, that Abraham Lincoln would emerge the undisputed captain of this most unusual cabinet, truly a team of rivals. The powerful competitors who had originally disdained Lincoln became colleagues who helped him steer the country through its darkest days. Seward - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#123. My recurring nightmare is that someday I will be faced with a panel: Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson all of whom will be telling me everything I got wrong about them. I know that Johnson's out there saying, 'Why is it that what you wrote about the Kennedys is twice as long as the book you wrote about me?' - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#124. That's a stupid question,' said Malachi. 'Because he didn't warn him. He didn't warn anyone.'
'No, it's a philosophical question,' Kearns corrected him. 'Which makes it useless, not stupid. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#125. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln BY DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN - Author: Daniel H. Pink
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#126. To find the best authors," he boasted, "is like being able to tell good wine without the labels. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#127. During the long sea voyage from Manila to San Francisco, doctors discovered that Taft's incision was not healing properly. It was "opened and drained," but months of bed rest the previous fall had weakened his knees and ankles, making it painful for him to stand for any protracted time. To compound matters, Nellie was suffering from what was later diagnosed as malaria. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#128. Once a president gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#129. Years of concentration solely on work and individual success meant that in his retirement [Lyndon Johnson] could find no solace in family, in recreation, in sports or in hobbies. It was almost as if the hole in his heart was so large that even the love of a family, without work, could not fill it. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#130. Without direction, the respiratory technician goes to the head of the bed. She takes the tubing, attaches it to the oxygen, and turns it on as high as it will go. She provides a seal with her hand cupped over the plastic mask, over the nose and mouth of the toddler, and methodically provides oxygenated air. Doyle's tiny chest rises and falls while I listen with my stethoscope. I am reaching for another breathing tube.
"Fib!" Dr. Pedras feels for a pulse while another places gelled pads on her chest. - Author: Ruth McLeod-Kearns
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#131. I now rely on a scanner, which reproduces the passages I want to cite, and then I keep my own comments on those books in a separate file so that I will never confuse the two again. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#132. Lincoln, considering a Cabinet nominee: He is a Radical without the petulance and fretfulness of many radicals. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#133. Roosevelt reasoned, "if the Vice-Presidency led to the Governor Generalship of the Philippines, then the question would be entirely altered." That post was the one he desired above all others, even a second gubernatorial term. From the moment the United States acquired the islands as a provision of the treaty in 1899 ending the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt had coveted the job of creating a new government in a Philippines free of Spanish tyranny. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#134. Republican Robert La Follette of Wisconsin had defied the machine to become governor by waging war on the railroads that ruled his state. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#135. The former slave told his audience that there is little necessity on this occasion to speak at length and critically of this great and good man, and of his high - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#136. I had been involved in the March on Washington in 1963. I was with friends carrying a sign, 'Protestants, Jews and Catholics for Civil Rights.' - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#137. Attempting to circumvent this declaration, Hunter recalled that Charles I of England had entered repeatedly into arrangements with his adversaries despite ongoing hostilities. "I do not profess to be posted in history," Lincoln answered. "On all such matters I will turn you over to Seward. All I distinctly recollect about the case of Charles I, is, that he lost his head in the end. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#138. Frances, who also was feeling distant from her husband. Though still deeply in love after ten years of marriage, Frances worried that her husband's passion for politics and worldly achievement surpassed his love for his family. She mourned "losing my influence over a heart I once thought so entirely my own," increasingly apprehensive that she and her husband were "differently constituted. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#139. Whereas Taft discouraged the young Yale student from extracurricular reading, fearful it would detract from required courses, Roosevelt read widely yet managed to stand near the top of his class. The breath of his numerous interests allowed him to draw on knowledge across various disciplines, from zoology in philosophy and religion, from poetry and drama to history and politics. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#140. Roosevelt and Root deputized Taft to inform the Holy See that the United States would purchase the lands for a fair price so long as the hated friars never returned to the archipelago. The land would then be redistributed among the poor Filipino farmers. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#141. It is not until one visits old, oppressed, suffering Europe, that he can appreciate his own government, "he observed, "that he realizes the fearful responsibility of the American people to the nations of the whole earth, to carry successfully through the experiment ... That men are capable of self-government. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#142. Will wrote frequently to Nellie, describing his daily routine in detail only a lover would not find exhausting. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#143. You invited me here to slay dragons, did you not? Well. That's what I'm trying to do. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#144. Go ahead, and fear not. You will have a full library at your service. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#145. For better than thirty years, as a working historian, I have written on leaders I knew, such as Lyndon Johnson, and interviewed intimates of the Kennedy family and many who knew Franklin Roosevelt, a leader perhaps as indispensable in his way as was Lincoln to the social and political direction of the country. After living with the subject - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#146. They would carry their books to the woods and read aloud to one another. At picnic lunches near Cooper's Bluff, they recited their favorite poems. "In the early days," Fanny recalled, "we all delighted in Longfellow and Mrs. Browning and Owen Meredith." Later, they turned to Swinburne, Kipling, Shelley, and Shakespeare. The Roosevelts - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#147. The biggest danger to American stability," Johnson argued, "is the politics of principle, which brings out the masses in irrational fights for unlimited goals, for once the masses begin to move, then the whole thing begins to explode. Thus it is for the sake of nothing less than stability that I consider myself a consensus man. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#148. THE SUMMER OF 1863 marked a crucial transformation in the Union war effort - the organization and deployment of black regiments that would eventually amount to 180,000 soldiers, a substantial proportion of eligible black males. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#149. Lincoln understood the importance, as one delegate put it, of integrating all the elements of the Republican party - including the impracticable, the Pharisees, the better-than-thou declaimers, the long-haired men and the short-haired women. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#150. The only question now," he said, "is which corpse gets the most flowers. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#151. The flames of a new economic evolution run around us, and we turn to find that competition has killed competition, that corporations are grown greater than the State . . . and that the naked issue of our time is with property becoming master, instead of servant. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#152. It is a very thin line between us and the abyss, Will Henry,' he said. 'For most it is like that line out there, where the sea meets the sky. They see it. They cannot deny the evidence of their eyes, but they never cross it. They cannot cross it; though they chase it for a thousand years, it will forever stay where it is. Do you realize it took our species more than ten millennia to realize that simple fact? That the line is unreachable, that we live on a ball and not on a plate? Most of us do, anyway. Men like Jacob Torrance and John Kearns ... Those kinds of men still live on a plate. Do you understand what I mean?'
I nodded. I thought I did. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#153. Obama does seem to have what both FDR and Lincoln had, which is the recognition that you have to hold back at times and then wait to come forward. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#154. Still, slander against the president and first lady continued to fill the columns of opposition papers. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#155. In order to "win a man to your cause," Lincoln explained, you must first reach his heart, "the great high road to his reason. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#156. Although the guilty verdict surprised few, the size of the resulting fine stunned the company and the country. For each of the 1,462 carloads of oil that had enjoyed an illegal rebate, Landis levied the highest possible fine, $20,000, generating a spectacular cumulative total of $29,240,000. Commenting on the hefty charge, Mark Twain drolly remarked that the sum evoked the bride's proverbial astonishment on the morning after her wedding: I expected it but didn't suppose it would be so big. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#157. They say no one knows the Bible better than the devil. - Author: Rick Yancey
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#158. A prominent Chicago politician, Justin Butterfield, asked if he was against the Mexican War, replied: no, I opposed one War [the War of 1812]. That was enough for me. I am now perpetually in favor of war, pestilence and famine. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#159. all relations of power rest on one thing, a contract between the leader and the followers such that the followers believe it is in their interest to follow the leader. No man can compel another - except at knifepoint - to do what he does not want to do."17 - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#160. She feared that she would become a slave to superficial, symbolic duties. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#161. (Theodore) Roosevelt considered his experience with 'fellow ranchmen on what was then the frontier' to be 'the most educational asset' of his entire life, instrumental to his success in becoming president. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#162. Became postmaster general, and Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln's "Mars," eventually became secretary - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#163. As Roosevelt took his place in the open carriage leading the procession, an additional surprise lay in store for him: 150 members of his Rough Rider unit, whom he had led so brilliantly in the Spanish-American War, appeared on horseback to serve as his escort of honor. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#164. Simon Cameron: I loved my brother, as only the poor and lonely can love those with whom they have toiled and struggled up the rugged hill of life's success - but he died bravely in the discharge of his duty. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#165. As soon as (Teddy Roosevelt) received an assignment for a paper or project, he would set to work, never leaving anything to the last minute. Prepared so far ahead "freed his mind" from worry and facilitated fresh, lucid thought. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#166. He sought the knowledge - not easily accessible - of who had the power of decision over the particular matter in question, and, the source of authority identified, by what means influence could be exerted. This - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#167. Fanny was upset when Crittenden criticized Florence Nightingale, the celebrated British nurse of the Crimean War, saying, he thought it a very unwomanly thing for a gentle lady to go into a hospital of wounded men. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#168. All the cartoonists at heart liked him, and there was seldom or never anything bitter or really unfriendly in their portrayals of him; they were uniformly good-natured." Caricatures even transformed his failure during a mid-November bear hunt into a triumph, conjuring an image of the president steadfastly refusing to shoot a small bear furnished for the occasion. As renditions of the original Clifford Berryman cartoon proliferated, the bear dwindled in size until he appeared as a tiny cub, prompting toy store owners to market stuffed bears in honor of Teddy Roosevelt. Soon the Teddy bear became one of the most cherished toys of all time. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#169. I'm giving my whole life to breaking the butterfly of a John Rockefeller upon the wheel of my ponderous articles, - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#170. It's a bully speech," encouraged Roosevelt in reply. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#171. Teddy Roosevelt "had relished "every hour" of every day as president. Indeed, (he was) fearing the "dull thud" he would experience upon returning to private life. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#172. Lincoln had internalized the pain of those around him - the wounded soldiers, the captured prisoners, the defeated Southerners. Little wonder that he was overwhelmed at times by a profound sadness that even his own resilient temperament could not dispel. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#173. The books my mother read and reread provided a broader, more adventurous world, and escape from the confines of her chronic illness. Her interior life was enriched even as her physical life contracted. If she couldn't change the reality of her situation, she could change her perception of it. She could enter into the lives of the characters in her books, sharing their journeys while she remained seated in her chair. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#174. But unlike the "electric" excitement that had filled the room four years earlier, when Nellie had sparkled with happiness and Taft had "laughed with the joy of a boy," both the president and first lady clearly understood that the divisive convention had rendered Republican chances for election in November almost impossible. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#175. The Yale graduate who had refused to read outside the course curriculum (the future Pres. Taft) suddenly found himself inspired. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#176. More accustomed to relying upon himself to shape events, he took the greatest control of the process leading up to the nomination, displaying a fierce ambition, an exceptional political acumen, and a wide range of emotional strengths, forged in the crucible of personal hardship, that took his unsuspecting rivals by surprise. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#177. Assemblyman Isaac Hunt, who later became a close friend, would never forget the first time he saw Roosevelt. "He came in as if he had been ejected by a catapult," Hunt recalled. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#178. To illustrate the marked atmospheric contrast between the two cities, the writer Frank Carpenter observed that in New York, "a streetcar will not wait for you if you are not just at its stopping point. It goes on and you must stand there until the next car comes along. In Washington people a block away signal the cars by waving their hands or their umbrellas. Then they walk to the car at a leisurely pace, while the drivers wait patiently and the horses rest." While the capital might lack "the spirit of intense energy" that animated New York, Carpenter concluded that Washington, with its broad, clean streets and fine marble buildings (and its shanties generally hidden from view), offered "the pleasanter place in which to live. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#179. The only protection as a historian is to institute a process of research and writing that minimizes the possibility of error. And that I have tried to do, aided by modern technology, which enables me, having long since moved beyond longhand, to use a computer for both organizing and taking notes. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#180. A true leader is a man who can get people to work together on the points on which they agree and who can persuade others that when they disagree there are peaceful methods to settle their differences. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#181. But her silence had played on the dark, vulnerable part of him, deep in his soul. - Author: Aislinn Kearns
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#182. We should constantly be reminded of what we owe in return for what we have. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#183. There is no one left; none but all of us. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#184. Eleanor had defended over the years, that the money spent on arms would be much better spent on education and medical care. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#185. That very afternoon, Taft fell seriously ill with what doctors mistakenly diagnosed as dengue fever. He remained bedridden for ten days, and when he returned to work, severe rectal pain prevented him from sitting. At the same time, a fungal infection developed in his groin. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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#186. Britain is obviously one of the world powers and they bombed the World Trade Centre, which is a landmark in itself, and over in Britain you've got Buckingham Palace and the Eiffel Tower, which are big buildings, so to speak. - Author: Robbie Kearns
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#187. I write about presidents. That means I write about guys - so far. I'm interested in the people closest to them, the people they love and the people they've lost ... I don't want to limit it to what they did in the office, but what happens at home and in their interactions with other people. - Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
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