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Barbara Tuchman Quotes

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War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

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Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
- Barbara Tuchman

Books are humanity in print.
- Barbara Tuchman

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
- Barbara Tuchman

 

To a historian libraries are food, shelter,
and even muse.
- Barbara Tuchman

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

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

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Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim
of a great but dead general.
- Barbara Tuchman

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.
- Barbara Tuchman

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

For me, the card catalog has been a companion all my working life.
To leave it is like leaving the house one was brought up in.
- Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books, history is silent, literature dumb,
science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
- Barbara Tuchman

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

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

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

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend,
the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.
- Barbara Tuchman

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

War is hell.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.
- Winston Churchill

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

An unjust peace is better than a just war.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

If we don't end war, war will end us.
- H. G. Wells

It has too often been too easy for rulers and governments to incite man to war.
- Lester B. Pearson

When people speak to you about a preventive war,
you tell them to go fight it.
After my experience, I have come to hate war.
War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.
- Ulysses S. Grant

The object of war is not to die for your country but
to make the other bastard die for his.
- George S. Patton

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
- Carl Sandburg

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.
- Omar N. Bradley

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

It is well that war is so terrible.
We should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

I do not believe that the men who served in uniform
in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve.
It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.
- William Westmoreland

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed
to the advantage of others.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
- Charles Evans Hughes

All war is deception.
- Sun Tzu

I must study politics and war that my sons may have
liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
- John Adams

When the war of the giants is over,
the wars of the pygmies will begin.
- Winston Churchill

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

When you are winning a war
almost everything that happens
can be claimed to be right and wise.
- Winston Churchill

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict
wants something more than it wants peace.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

John Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century,
were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester.
It is not only the living who are killed in war.
- Isaac Asimov

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination
to world war in the age of mass extermination.
- John F. Kennedy

Older men declare war.
But it is the youth that must fight and die.
- Herbert Hoover

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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