Quotation by Dudley Nichols

It's a very delicate surgical operation—to cut out the heart without killing the patient. The history of our country, however, is a very tough old patient, and we'll do the best we can.
Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Sorel (Philip Merivale), This Land Is Mine, discussing the Nazi order to expurgate French history texts under the occupation (1943).
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