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Tony Judt quotes: My history writing was based on what I saw in strange, exotic places rather than just reading books. My history writing was based on what I saw in strange, exotic places rather than just reading books.
Tony Judt quotes: Ask ... what it is about all-embracing 'systems' of thought that leads inexorably to all-embracing 'systems' of rule. Ask ... what it is about all-embracing 'systems' of thought that leads inexorably to all-embracing 'systems' of rule.
Tony Judt quotes: Thinking 'economistically', as we have done now for thirty years, is not intrinsic to humans. Thinking 'economistically', as we have done now for thirty years, is not intrinsic to humans.
Tony Judt quotes: I'm not sure I've learned anything new about life; but I've had to think harder about death and what comes after for other people. I'm not sure I've learned anything new about life; but I've had to think harder about death and what comes after for other people.
Tony Judt quotes: However, there is something worse than idealizing the past - or presenting it to ourselves and our children as a chamber of horrors: forgetting it. However, there is something worse than idealizing the past - or presenting it to ourselves and our children as a chamber of horrors: forgetting it.
Tony Judt quotes: That the state might exceed its remit and damage the market by distorting its operations was not taken very seriously in these years. That the state might exceed its remit and damage the market by distorting its operations was not taken very seriously in these years.
Tony Judt quotes: Values such as these derived from longstanding religious or communitarian practices. Values such as these derived from longstanding religious or communitarian practices.
Tony Judt quotes: The pleasures of mental agility are much overstated, inevitably - as it now appears to me - by those not exclusively dependent upon them. The pleasures of mental agility are much overstated, inevitably - as it now appears to me - by those not exclusively dependent upon them.
Tony Judt quotes: All modern U.S. presidents are perforce politicians, prisoners of their past pronouncements, their party, their constituency, and their colleagues. All modern U.S. presidents are perforce politicians, prisoners of their past pronouncements, their party, their constituency, and their colleagues.
Tony Judt quotes: Above all, the thrall in which an ideology holds a people is best measured by their collective inability to imagine alternatives. Above all, the thrall in which an ideology holds a people is best measured by their collective inability to imagine alternatives.
Tony Judt quotes: By the late '60s, the culture gap separating young people from their parents was perhaps greater than at any point since the early 19th century. By the late '60s, the culture gap separating young people from their parents was perhaps greater than at any point since the early 19th century.
Tony Judt quotes: Unlike memory, which confirms and reinforces itself, history contributes to the disenchantment of the world. Unlike memory, which confirms and reinforces itself, history contributes to the disenchantment of the world.
Tony Judt quotes: Words can make the illness a subject I can master, and not one that one simply emotes over. Words can make the illness a subject I can master, and not one that one simply emotes over.
Tony Judt quotes: I've lost count of the interviews I've done about my illness and its relationship to my ideas and writing. I've lost count of the interviews I've done about my illness and its relationship to my ideas and writing.
Tony Judt quotes: If words fall into disrepair, what will substitute? They are all we have If words fall into disrepair, what will substitute? They are all we have
Tony Judt quotes: a political class deeply sensitive to its moral and social responsibilities. a political class deeply sensitive to its moral and social responsibilities.
Tony Judt quotes: Today's schoolchildren and college students can imagine little else but the search for a lucrative job. Today's schoolchildren and college students can imagine little else but the search for a lucrative job.
Tony Judt quotes: It does irritate me when I am described as a controversialist and commentator on Israel. It does irritate me when I am described as a controversialist and commentator on Israel.
Tony Judt quotes: Reality is a powerful solvent. Reality is a powerful solvent.
Tony Judt quotes: Love, it seems to me, is the condition in which one is most contentedly oneself. Love, it seems to me, is the condition in which one is most contentedly oneself.
Tony Judt quotes: I know exactly how and where I am going to die. The only question is when. I know exactly how and where I am going to die. The only question is when.
Tony Judt quotes: I can still boss people around. I can still write. I can still read. I can still eat, and I can still have very strong views. I can still boss people around. I can still write. I can still read. I can still eat, and I can still have very strong views.
Tony Judt quotes: We are not merely historians but also and always citizens. We are not merely historians but also and always citizens.
Tony Judt quotes: These days, we take pride in being tough enough to inflict pain on others. These days, we take pride in being tough enough to inflict pain on others.
Tony Judt quotes: As citizens of a free society, we have a duty to look critically at our world. But if we think we know what is wrong, we must act upon that As citizens of a free society, we have a duty to look critically at our world. But if we think we know what is wrong, we must act upon that knowledge.
Tony Judt quotes: We must distinguish better than some of our predecessors between desirable ends and unacceptable means. We must distinguish better than some of our predecessors between desirable ends and unacceptable means.
Tony Judt quotes: I grew up in a world where the social democratic state was the norm, not the exception. I grew up in a world where the social democratic state was the norm, not the exception.
Tony Judt quotes: For the postwar peace, he preferred to minimize direct government intervention and manipulate the economy through fiscal and other incentives. For the postwar peace, he preferred to minimize direct government intervention and manipulate the economy through fiscal and other incentives.
Tony Judt quotes: Israel today is bad for the Jews, Israel today is bad for the Jews,
Tony Judt quotes: If active or concerned citizens forfeit politics, they thereby abandon their society to its most mediocre and venal public servants If active or concerned citizens forfeit politics, they thereby abandon their society to its most mediocre and venal public servants
Tony Judt quotes: At a certain point, to remain slightly tangential to wherever I was became a way of 'being Tony': by not being anything that everyone else was. At a certain point, to remain slightly tangential to wherever I was became a way of 'being Tony': by not being anything that everyone else was.
Tony Judt quotes: Loss is loss, and nothing is gained by calling it by a nicer name. Loss is loss, and nothing is gained by calling it by a nicer name.
Tony Judt quotes: But at least their provision was universal, and for good and ill they were regarded as a public responsibility. But at least their provision was universal, and for good and ill they were regarded as a public responsibility.
Tony Judt quotes: Dialectics, as a veteran communist explained ... 'is the art and technique of always landing on your feet. Dialectics, as a veteran communist explained ... 'is the art and technique of always landing on your feet.
Tony Judt quotes: We are all the beneficiaries of those who went before us, as well as those who will care for us in old age or ill health. We are all the beneficiaries of those who went before us, as well as those who will care for us in old age or ill health.
Tony Judt quotes: The narcissism of student movements, new Left ideologues and the popular culture of the '60s generation invited a conservative backlash. The narcissism of student movements, new Left ideologues and the popular culture of the '60s generation invited a conservative backlash.
Tony Judt quotes: History always happens to us and nothing ever stays the same. History always happens to us and nothing ever stays the same.
Tony Judt quotes: open societies will once again be urged to close in upon themselves, sacrificing freedom for 'security'. open societies will once again be urged to close in upon themselves, sacrificing freedom for 'security'.
Tony Judt quotes: When you are in my classroom, you get everything from me. But you bloody well better give everything too. When you are in my classroom, you get everything from me. But you bloody well better give everything too.
Tony Judt quotes: Apparently, the line you take on Israel trumps everything else in life. Apparently, the line you take on Israel trumps everything else in life.
Tony Judt quotes: What, then, should we have learned from 1989? Perhaps, above all, that nothing is either necessary or inevitable. What, then, should we have learned from 1989? Perhaps, above all, that nothing is either necessary or inevitable.
Tony Judt quotes: We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth.
Tony Judt quotes: I don't believe that one should have one-size-fits-all moral rules for international political action. I don't believe that one should have one-size-fits-all moral rules for international political action.
Tony Judt quotes: I do think we're on the edge of a terrifying world, and that many young people know that but don't know how to talk about it. I do think we're on the edge of a terrifying world, and that many young people know that but don't know how to talk about it.
Tony Judt quotes: We need to rediscover how to talk about change: how to imagine very different arrangements for ourselves, free of the dangerous cant of 'revolution'. We need to rediscover how to talk about change: how to imagine very different arrangements for ourselves, free of the dangerous cant of 'revolution'.
Tony Judt quotes: The military system of a nation is not an independent section of the social system but an aspect of its totality. The military system of a nation is not an independent section of the social system but an aspect of its totality.
Tony Judt quotes: Finding a homeland is not the same as dwelling in the place where our ancestors once used to live. - KRZYSZTOF CZYZEWSKI Finding a homeland is not the same as dwelling in the place where our ancestors once used to live. - KRZYSZTOF CZYZEWSKI
Tony Judt quotes: Unsurprisingly, planning was most admired and advocated at the political extremes. Unsurprisingly, planning was most admired and advocated at the political extremes.
Tony Judt quotes: After 1945 what happened was rather the opposite: with one major exception boundaries stayed broadly intact and people were moved instead. After 1945 what happened was rather the opposite: with one major exception boundaries stayed broadly intact and people were moved instead.
Tony Judt quotes: You don't have to be Jewish to understand the history of Europe in the 20th century, but it helps. You don't have to be Jewish to understand the history of Europe in the 20th century, but it helps.