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Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • "Angles of Vision," in Marc Patcher, ed., Telling Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography ()
  • Once a President gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • in The New York Times ()
  • ... 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.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • in Peter H. Gordon et al., Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball ()
  • Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • "The Secrets of America's Great Presidents," in Parade ()
  • I just want them to come alive again. That's all you really ask of history. Then the reader can feel, with all the complexity of emotions, what it is that is happening to them.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 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.

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin,
    • foreword to K. M. Kostyal, Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era: The Man and His Times ()

Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. political scientist, government official, biographer


Full name: Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin.