Barbara W. Tuchman Quotes

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War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

war

History is the unfolding of miscalculation.
— Barbara W. Tuchman

history

Honor wears different coats to different eyes.

honor

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

libraries

Satire is a wrapping of exaggeration around a core of reality.

satire

What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian.

facts history imagination poets

The poets have familiarized more people with history than have the historians.

history poets

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

cynical revolution

The appetite for power is old and irrepressible in humankind, and in its action almost always destructive.

power

Wisdom—meaning judgment acting on experience, common sense, available knowledge, and a decent appreciation of probability.

wisdom

Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as "the most flagrant of all the passions."

power folly

Government remains the paramount area of folly because it is there that men seek power over others—only to lose it over themselves.

government folly

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

books

There is no such thing as a neutral or purely objective historian. Without an opinion a historian would be simply a ticking clock, and unreadable besides.

history

The story and study of the past, both recent and distant, will not reveal the future, but it flashes beacon lights along the way and it is a useful nostrum against despair.

the past

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible.
— Barbara W. Tuchman

books