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Barbara Tuchman Quotes

(1912-1989), American Historian

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.

Category: Battles

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism.

Category: Diplomacy

Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.

Category: Discipline

No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.

Category: Government

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. They are of two kinds: the library of published material, books, pamphlets, periodicals, and the archive of unpublished papers and documents.

Category: Libraries

The open frontier, the hardships of homesteading from scratch, the wealth of natural resources, the whole vast challenge of a continent waiting to be exploited, combined to produce a prevailing materialism and an American drive bent as much, if not more, on money, property, and power than was true of the Old World from which we had fled.

Category: New World

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.

Category: Originality

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.

Category: Revolutions And Revolutionaries