Barbara Tuchman

1912 - 1989

A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on compromise, corruption, deals, necessity, power, and weakness

If power corrupts, weakness in the seat of power, with its constant necessity of deals and bribes and compromising arrangements,corrupts even more.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on books, food, and libraries

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse. They are of two kinds: the library of published material, books, pamphlets, periodicals, and the archive of unpublished papers and documents.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on bureaucracy, discipline, and habits

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

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on disillusionment, diversity, fighting, good, hope, mankind, men, nations, people, and war

When every autumn people said it could not last through the winter, and when every spring there was still no end in sight, only the hope that out of it all some good would accrue to mankind kept men and nations fighting. When at last it was over, the war had many diverse results and one dominant one transcending all others: disillusion.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on america, bachelors, destruction, freedom, illusions, independence, innocence, power, surprises, and world

In April 1917 the illusion of isolation was destroyed, America came to the end of innocence, and of the exuberant freedom of bachelor independence. That the responsibilities of world power have not made us happier is no surprise. To help ourselves manage them, we have replaced the illusion of isolation with a new illusion of omnipotence.

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on challenge, driving, money, power, wealth, and world

The open frontier, the hardships of homesteading from scratch, the wealth of natural resources, the whole vast challenge of a continent waiting to be exploited, combined to produce a prevailing materialism and an American drive bent as much, if not more, on money, property, and power than was true of the Old World from which we had fled.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on decisions and government

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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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on communism, corruption, country, death, disease, misery, and relatives

In a country where misery and want were the foundation of the social structure, famine was periodic, death from starvation common, disease pervasive, thievery normal, and graft and corruption taken for granted, the elimination of these conditions in Communist China is so striking that negative aspects of the new rule fade in relative importance.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Barbara Tuchman on diplomacy, fascism, influence, power, secrets, and world

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.

Barbara Tuchman (1912 - 1989)

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