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"Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites."
Christian Nestell Bovee
Barbara Tuchman Quotes
A relentless talent for tactlessness.
Barbara Tuchman

Books are humanity in print.
Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip and Germans, no less than other peoples, prepare for the last war.
Barbara Tuchman

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.
Barbara Tuchman

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
Barbara Tuchman

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

Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
Barbara Tuchman

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

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
Barbara Tuchman

Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.
Barbara Tuchman

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

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

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.
Barbara Tuchman

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.
Barbara Tuchman

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
Barbara Tuchman

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Barbara Tuchman

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