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Barbara Tuchman Quotes

And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, just to be sure - Funny Quotes
Don't look back you're not going that way - Inspirational Quotes
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
You don't need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely - Love Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future - Friend Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
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Woman [in the 14th century] was the church's rival, the temptress, the distraction, the obstacle to holiness, the devil's decoy  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) When truth and reason cannot be heard, then must presumption rule  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) Vainglory, however, no matter how much medieval Christianity insisted it was a sin, is a motor of mankind, no more eradicable than sex  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) When reproached for spending too much time with books and clerks, charles answered, as long as knowledge is honored in this country, so long will it prosper  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) For belligerent purposes, the 14th century, like the 20th, commanded a technology more sophisticated than the mental and moral capacity that guided its use  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) If it is not profitable for the common good that authority should be retained, it ought to be relinquished  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) 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 Quotes) What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian. His exercise of judgment comes in their selection, his art in their arrangement  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) The social damage was not in the failure but in the undertaking, which was expensive. The cost of war was the poison running through the 14th century  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) The Hundred Years' War, like the crises of the Church in the same period, broke apart medieval unity  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) To be a bestseller is not necessarily a measure of quality, but it is a measure of communication  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) When people don't have an objective, there's much less dynamic effort, and that makes life a lot less interesting  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) That the Jews were unholy was a belief so ingrained by the Church [by the 14th century] that the most devout persons were the harshest in their antipathy, none more so than St. Louis  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) If wisdom in government eludes us, perhaps courage could substitute - the moral courage to terminate mistakes  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) To gain victory over the flesh was the purpose of fasting and celibacy, which denied the pleasures of this world for the sake of reward in the next  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) Nothing is more satisfying than to write a good sentence. It is no fun to write lumpishly, dully, in prose the reader must plod through like wet sand. But it is a pleasure to achieve, if one can, a clear running prose that is simple yet full of surprises. This does not just happen. It requires skill, hard work, a good ear, and continued practice  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) Bureaucracy, safely repeating today what it did yesterday, rolls on as ineluctably as some vast computer, which, once penetrated by error, duplicates it forever  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) 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 Quotes) The fact of being reported increases the apparent extent of a deplorable development by a factor of ten  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) I ask myself, have nations ever declined from a loss of moral sense rather than from physical reasons or the pressure of barbarians? I think that they have  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) The appetite for power is old and irrepressible in humankind, and in its action almost always destructive  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes) 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 Quotes) Human beings of any age need to approve of themselves; the bad times in history come when they cannot  (Barbara Tuchman Quotes)
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