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    Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: past  mistakes 
     
    He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be - a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: past  mistakes  dangerous 
     
    Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: people  believe 
     
    Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    Lenin was the first to discover that capitalism 'inevitably' caused war; and he discovered this only when the First World War was already being fought. Of course he was right. Since every great state was capitalist in 1914.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: world  right  war  capitalism 
     
    History gets thicker as it approaches recent times: more people, more events, and more books written about them. More evidence is preserved, often, one is tempted to say, too much. Decay and destruction have hardly begun their beneficent work.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: people  work  destruction  book 
     
    The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: fear  age  problem 
     
    Freedom does not always win. This is one of the bitterest lessons of history.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: lessons  freedom 
     
    When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: communism 
     
    Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: human 
     
    A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: master  speech 
     
    Manchester has everything but good looks..., the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: england 
     
    Bismarck fought 'necessary' wars and killed thousands, the idealists of the twentieth century fight 'just' wars and kill millions.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: fight  war 
     
    There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more corrupting.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: peace 
     
    History is not another name for the past, as many people imply. It is the name for stories about the past.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: people  past  stories 
     
    We are apt to say that a foreign policy is successful only when the country, or at any rate the governing class, is united behind it. In reality, every line of policy is repudiated by a section, often by an influential section, of the country concerned. A foreign minister who waited until everyone agreed with him would have no foreign policy at all.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    The present enables us to understand the past, not the other way round.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: past  present 
     
    History is not a catalogue but...a convincing version of events.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    In 1917 European history, in the old sense, came to an end. World history began. It was the year of Lenin and Woodrow Wilson, both of whom repudiated the traditional standards of political behaviour. Both preached Utopia, Heaven on Earth. It was the moment of birth for our contemporary world.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    Though the object of being a Great Power is to be able to fight a Great War, the only way of remaining a Great Power is not to fight one.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: power  fight  war 
     
    The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: peace  war 
     
    Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: living  university 
     
    No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: political  war  economics 
     
    If men are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease to respect each other for what they own.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: men  respect 
     
    In my opinion we learn nothing from history except the infinite variety of men's behaviour. We study it, as we listen to music or read poetry, for pleasure, not for instruction
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    Knowledge breeds doubt, not certainty,And the more we know the more uncertain we become.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: doubt 
     
    The Foreign Office knows no secrets.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: secret 
     
    The God of Battles will throw the dice that decide...
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: battle  god 
     
    There is nothing nicer than nodding off while reading. Going fast asleep and then being woken by the crash of the book on the floor, then saying to yourself, well it doesn't matter much. An admirable feeling.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: saying  reading  book 
     
    The male clerk with his quill pen and copper-plate handwriting had gone for good. The female short-hand typist took his place. It was a decisive moment in women's emancipation.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: moment  gone 
     
    One of the penalties of being president of the United States is that you must subsist for four years without drinking anything except Californian wine.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: drinking  year 
     
    A racing tipster who only reached Hitler's level of accuracy would not do well for his clients.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    We learn nothing from history except the infinite variety of men's behaviour.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: learn 
     
    George VI in the conventional parlance was a Good King who sacrificed his life to his sense of duty. If we are to have monarchs it would be hard to find a better one.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer - the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: men  power  past  opinion  wealth 
     
    American statesmen might like some Europeans more than others and even detect quaint resemblances to their own outlook; but they no more committed themselves to a particular group or country than a nineteenth-century missionary committed himself to the African tribe in which he happened to find himself.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: american 
     
    No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: war 
     
    All other forms of history - economic history, social history, psychological history, above all sociology - seem to me history with the history left out.
    — A. J. P. Taylor
    tags: economics 
     
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