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Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Hubert Humphrey advised new members, If you feel Hubert Humphrey advised new members, If you feel an urge to stand up and make a speech attacking Vietnamese policy, don't make it. Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: They resented the patronage they depended upon. They resented the patronage they depended upon. Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Policy was not reconsidered because the governing group Policy was not reconsidered because the governing group had no habit of purposeful consultation. Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: What other country has had the privilege of What other country has had the privilege of making the world's heart beat faster? Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: When people don't have an objective, there's much When people don't have an objective, there's much less dynamic effort, and that makes life a lot less interesting. Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Society's revenge matched its fright. Society's revenge matched its fright. Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Human behavior is timeless. Human behavior is timeless. Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Wisdom - meaning judgment acting on experience, common Wisdom - meaning judgment acting on experience, common sense, available knowledge, and a decent appreciation of probability. Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: The costliest myth of our time has been The costliest myth of our time has been the myth of the Communist monolith. Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Whenever a man has cast a longing eye Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on [office]," he wrote to a friend, "a rottenness begins in his conduct. Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: What his imagination is to the poet, facts What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian. His exercise of judgment comes in their selection, his art in their arrangement. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Once the divinity of doctrine has been questioned Once the divinity of doctrine has been questioned there is no return to perfect faith. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: I command, or I keep quiet." Napoleon I command, or I keep quiet." Napoleon — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The cracking of old and famous structures is The cracking of old and famous structures is slow and internal, while the facade holds. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: He had been present in their minds not He had been present in their minds not as a man but as an idea. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: That conflict between the reach for the divine That conflict between the reach for the divine and the lure of earthly things was to be the central problem of the Middle Ages. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: The social damage was not in the failure The social damage was not in the failure but in the undertaking, which was expensive. The cost of war was the poison running through the 14th century. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The Republic cured me of the Republic. The Republic cured me of the Republic. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Theology being the work of males, original sin Theology being the work of males, original sin was traced to the female. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Party animosity was concealed under a veil of Party animosity was concealed under a veil of studied courtesy. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Woman [in the 14th century] was the Church's Woman [in the 14th century] was the Church's rival, the temptress, the distraction, the obstacle to holiness, the Devil's decoy. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: How much does a man's effort depend upon How much does a man's effort depend upon the age in which his work is cast? Pope Clement VII — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: The Hundred Years' War, like the crises of The Hundred Years' War, like the crises of the Church in the same period, broke apart medieval unity. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: When a pope's election could not be explained When a pope's election could not be explained rationally, it was attributed to the Holy Ghost. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: An essential element for good writing is a An essential element for good writing is a good ear: One must listen to the sound of one's own prose. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: To put away one's own original thoughts in To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The writer's object is - or should be The writer's object is - or should be - to hold the reader's attention. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: But to "settle" the Eastern Question was beyond But to "settle" the Eastern Question was beyond even Disraeli's power - beyond, it seems, any human power, for it still haunts the world today. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Revolutions produce other men, not new men. Halfway Revolutions produce other men, not new men. Halfway between truth and endless error, the mold of the species is permanent. That is Earth's burden. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Diplomacy's primary law: LEAVE ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION. Diplomacy's primary law: LEAVE ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: England's traditional tolerance was outraged at last. England's traditional tolerance was outraged at last. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: His decision suggests that an absence of overriding His decision suggests that an absence of overriding personal ambition together with shrewd common sense are among the essential components of wisdom. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The affair made men feel larger than life. The affair made men feel larger than life. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: He believed that rank without power was a He believed that rank without power was a sham. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Humanizing war?! You may as well talk of Humanizing war?! You may as well talk of humanizing Hell. Sir John Fisher — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: No one is is sure of his premise No one is is sure of his premise as the man who knows too little. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The utility of perseverance in absurdity is more The utility of perseverance in absurdity is more than I could ever discern. Edmund Burke — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Each one of us is serious individually, but Each one of us is serious individually, but together we become frivolous. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Why, since folly or perversity is expected of Why, since folly or perversity is expected of individuals, should we expect anything else from government? — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The castle's predecessor, the Roman villa, had been The castle's predecessor, the Roman villa, had been unfortified, depending on Roman law and the Roman legions for its ramparts. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The Empire had no political cohesion, no capital The Empire had no political cohesion, no capital city, no common laws, common finances, or common officials. It was the relic of a dead ideal. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: The fleet sailed to its war base in The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Learning from experience is a faculty almost never Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Now according to German logic, a declaration of Now according to German logic, a declaration of war was found to be unnecessary because of imaginary bombings — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Pessimism is a primary source of passivity, Pessimism is a primary source of passivity, — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The tribal pull of patriotism could have no The tribal pull of patriotism could have no better testimony. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Fateful moments tend to evoke grandeur of speech, Fateful moments tend to evoke grandeur of speech, especially in French. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The art of oratory was considered part of The art of oratory was considered part of the equipment of a statesman. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Anything that protracted a campaign Clausewitz condemned. "Gradual Anything that protracted a campaign Clausewitz condemned. "Gradual reduction" of the enemy, or a war of attrition, he feared like the pit of hell. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Women were considered the snare of the Devil, Women were considered the snare of the Devil, while at the same time the cult of the Virgin made one woman the central object of love and adoration. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Proper society did not think about MAKING money, Proper society did not think about MAKING money, only about spending it. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Mankind's tragedy is that he can draw up Mankind's tragedy is that he can draw up blueprints for a better life but he cannot live up to them. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Malignant phenomena do not come out of a Malignant phenomena do not come out of a golden age. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: No single characteristic ever overtakes an entire society. No single characteristic ever overtakes an entire society. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: If he had a little more brains he If he had a little more brains he would be a half-wit. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: If I had taken a doctoral degree, it If I had taken a doctoral degree, it would have stifled any writing capacity. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: If wisdom in government eludes us, perhaps courage If wisdom in government eludes us, perhaps courage could substitute-the moral courage to terminate mistakes. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Liberality in gifts and expenditure which, since his Liberality in gifts and expenditure which, since his followers lived off it, was extolled as the most admired attribute of a noble. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: These cumbersome vehicles were as convenient as if These cumbersome vehicles were as convenient as if dinosaurs had survived to be used by cowboys for driving cattle — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: One English nobleman and statesman read and reread One English nobleman and statesman read and reread a particular work of literature because it was the only book which allowed him to forget politics. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: When the gap between ideal and real becomes When the gap between ideal and real becomes too wide, the system breaks down. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: In the midst of events there is no In the midst of events there is no perspective. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: The greatness of the object enabled my mind The greatness of the object enabled my mind to support what my strengths of body was scarce equal to. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Civilians who volunteer generally wish to escape, not Civilians who volunteer generally wish to escape, not to share, privatizations worse than their own. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: In the midst of war and crisis nothing In the midst of war and crisis nothing is as clear or as certain as it appears in hindsight — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Fate represents the fulfillment of man's expectations of Fate represents the fulfillment of man's expectations of himself. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Every repetition of the choice only hardened the Every repetition of the choice only hardened the issue. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: When commerce with Moslems flourished, zeal for their When commerce with Moslems flourished, zeal for their massacre declined. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Believing themselves superior in soul, in strength, in Believing themselves superior in soul, in strength, in energy, industry, and national virtue, Germans felt they deserved the dominion of Europe. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Impunity in such affairs was no longer a Impunity in such affairs was no longer a matter of course, for the King was Louis IX, a sovereign whose sense of rulership was equal to his piety. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: The power to command frequently causes failure to The power to command frequently causes failure to think. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: reproaches himself for recoiling from the stench of reproaches himself for recoiling from the stench of the poor and the sick, — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Talent for oratory can simulate the need for Talent for oratory can simulate the need for action and even thought. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: I have always been in a condition in I have always been in a condition in which I cannot not write. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Chief among the forces affecting political folly is Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as the most flagrant of all passions. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: When those who have the title of shepherd When those who have the title of shepherd play the part of wolves," said Lothar of Saxony, "heresy grows in the garden of the Church. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Washington's incessant need for NEW assessments testifies to Washington's incessant need for NEW assessments testifies to uncertainty in the capital. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Babara Tuchman: No experience of the failure of his policy No experience of the failure of his policy could shake his belief in its essential excellence. — Babara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Completeness is rare in history ... Completeness is rare in history ... — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: [T]he obverse of facile emotion in the 14th [T]he obverse of facile emotion in the 14th century was a general insensitivity to the spectacle of pain and death. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara Tuchman: Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline. — Barbara Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Little attention was paid, because the German people, Little attention was paid, because the German people, no matter how hungry, remained obedient. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Fine dressing could not be suppressed despite ever-renewed Fine dressing could not be suppressed despite ever-renewed sumptuary laws which tried especially and repeatedly to outlaw the pointed shoes. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Advice to young Samuel Gompers that might apply Advice to young Samuel Gompers that might apply in many other areas: Learn from socialism, but don't join it. — Barbara W. Tuchman
Tuchman's Quotes By Barbara W. Tuchman: Though surnamed the Wise, he was not immune Though surnamed the Wise, he was not immune from the occupational disease of rulers: overestimation of their capacity to control events. No — Barbara W. Tuchman