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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.”
“Once a President gets to the White House, the only audience that is left that really matters is history.”
“... 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.”
“Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.”
“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.”
“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.”
“... leadership is a mirror in which the people see their collective reflection.”
“... politicians generally form alliances and not friendships.”
“As much research as you think you're doing, you're going to mess up, without a question.”
“[On leadership:] One of the important qualities that I think is often overlooked is just energy. It's vitality, and sort of a life force that some people have and others don't.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. political scientist, government official, biographer
Full name: Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin.