Famous quotes by Historians


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"Some things you'll never know, and some things you'll wish you never knew"
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"Once I grew from 6'1" to about 6'6", by that time I was going into 12th grade, and that's when I started wanting to play basketball, because, pretty much basketball players always got the girl"
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"The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation"
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"My mental approach is totally different. My coach predicated everything on defense. He always talked about defense, defense, defense. I took it to heart that if you play defense, you can take the heart from an offensive player"
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"I played baseball, and that's pretty much it. Basketball came late, this was, basketball was the sport that I tried to master, I kind of mastered baseball, so basketball was one of those things where I wanted to master this game, so that's why I probably play it the way I do"
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"Wherever we go, across the Pacific or Atlantic, we meet, not similarity so much as 'the bizarre'. Things astonish us, when we travel, that surprise nobody else"
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"It's only very recently that women have succeeded in entering those professions which, as Muses, they typified for the Greeks"
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"One must learn, if one is to see the beauty in Japan, to like an extraordinarily restrained and delicate loveliness"
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"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living"
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"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living"
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"When the Chinese first came to San Francisco, they were actually welcomed by the mayor and they had special ceremonies for them-again this is when their colony was very small, only a few Chinese"
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"It's much more difficult to work on a broad subject than on a specific one, because even if it's hard to find the information, if you look hard enough for something specific you will find it, and you will discover things that you wouldn't have thought of before"
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"I received an honorary doctorate for my work. Maybe one of these works is considered the equivalent of a Ph.D"
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"I have to finish this book tour of almost 30 cities"
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"For some reason, I seem to be bothered whenever I see acts of injustice and assaults on people's civil liberties. I imagine what I write in the future will follow in that vein. Whether it's fiction or non-fiction"
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"The worst... was what the Pakistani soldiers did to the Bengali women after their failed rebellion"
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"After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book"
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"Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else"
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"We have to keep in mind that it's not just about the numbers of people who died; it's also the manner which many of these victims met their deaths"
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"They probably do have an Asian Barbie"
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"Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law"
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"It's a wonderful thing to see a segment of our population that is open and eager to learn more about Chinese culture. It has filtered into the mainstream. You see credit-card ads on TV with white couples and Chinese babies"
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"I don't mind solitude. I love talking to other people, but I do need my space"
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"Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it's hard to find out when one slides into another"
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"Often, what you see in the media is driven by economic forces"
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"Now, most of the new immigrants coming to this country are from Asia as opposed to Europe"
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"It is very difficult to hang onto the relics of history"
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"I have certainly amassed many historical research gathering skills"
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"Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances"
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"When you take something extremely broad, then it is not a work of expansion or work of compression. It's hard because you have to decide what to throw out"
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