Barbara Tuchman

(Barbara Wertheim Tuchman)

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[Church] Doctrine tied itself into infinite knots over the realities of sex. Religion & God
[To Americans] diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interwar period, appeasement of Fascism. Diplomacy & Diplomats
… the Church, whose natural interests allied it more to the great than to the meek … Religion & God
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. History ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Economic man and sensual man are not suppressible. Human Nature ;Capitalism
For most people reform meant relief from ecclesiastical extortions. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Governments do not like to face radical remedies; it is easier to let politics predominate. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
History is the unfolding of miscalculations History
In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record. History
In the midst of events there is no perspective. History
Money was the crux. Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to 14th century society than the physical destruction of war itself. Budgets & Budgeting
Money was the crux. Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to 14th century society than the physical destruction of war itself. Budgets & Budgeting
The emphasis on sorcery reflected accusations by the authorities more than it did actual practice. Being threatened, the Church responded by virulent persecution. Religion & God
To admit error and cut losses is rare among individuals, unknown among states. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
To put on the garment of legitimacy is the first aim of every coup. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Voluntary self-directed religion was more dangerous to the Church than any number of infidels Religion & God
What counts is not so much the fact as what the public perceives to be the fact. Public Opinion & Polling
What is government but an arrangement by which the many accept the authority of the few? Miscellaneous
When commerce with Moslems flourished, zeal for their massacre declined [Among Christians]. Foreign Trade
Books are humanity in print.
Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.
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. Power
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed. Time
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. Life
Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision. Government
Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.
Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
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. History ;War & Peace
The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.
To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations. War & Peace