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Barbara Tuchman

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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A relentless talent for tactlessness.
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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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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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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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American author, self-trained historian, 1912-89

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