Samuel Eliot Morison

1887 - 1976

A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on beauty, challenge, future, independence, inspiration, men, oppression, revolution, words, world, and worth

If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worth while. . . . The beauty and cogency of the preamble, reaching back to remotest antiquity and forward so an indefinite future, have lifted the hearts of millions of men and will continue to do. . . . These words are more revolutionary than anything written by Robespierre, Marx, or Lenin, more explosive than the atom, a continual challenge to ourselves as well as an inspiration to the oppressed of all the world.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: The Oxford History of the American People, 1965, ch. 14

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on choice and yielding

An historian should yield himself to his subject, become immersed in the place and period of his choice, standing apart from it now and then for a fresh view.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: Vistas of History, 1964. The Experiences and Principles of an Historian

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on literature and writing

A few hints as to literary craftsmanship may be useful to budding historians. First and foremost, get writing!

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: History as a Literary Art. Old South Leaflets, 1946

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A Quote by Samuel Eliot Morison on america, discovery, exploring, history, hope, and world

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World. History is like that, very chancy.

Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)

Source: The Oxford History of the American People, 1965, ch. 2

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