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Barbara Tuchman quotes (16)

Books are humanity in print.
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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
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Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.
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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.
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Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
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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.
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Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
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No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
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Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
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Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.
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Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
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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.
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The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.
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To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
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To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
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War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
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