Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wise advice from David McCullough

"I feel so sorry for anyone who misses the experience of history, the horizons of history. We think little of those who, given the chance to travel, go nowhere."
"[T]ake books wherever you go. Read. Read all you can. Read history, biography....However little television you watch, watch less. If your experience is anything like mine, the books that you read in the next ten years will be the most important books in your life."
from Brave Companions, a wonderful and instructive book by David McCullough

After those quotes, McCullough goes on write, " Wendell Berry...." Another reason to admire that man.

Yesterday, David McCullough was invited to present the lecture "George Washington: From Commander in Chief to Chief Executive," accessed here. He was as instructive as ever, and there are lesson plan materials available at that link also.


Patti said...

Thanks for the link, Carol. It looks great.

Kathleen Hamilton said...

You know, my husband has read nearly every book that David McCullough has written and I have read exactly none! I think I need to change that this year.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I was just thinking of re-reading Brave Companions soon. It's a great "little" book (little compared to John Adams and 1776).

He is on Book TV this morning (Monday) in about an hour.

Good to "see" you.

magistramater said...

I'm late to the show, but you know that I am a HUGE fan of David McCullough. Thanks for the quotes, the link, the reminder of *two* wonderful authors to keep reading.

It's always great to discover you've updated your blog!