A. J. P. Taylor Quotes

No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
Psychoanalysts believe that the only ‘normal’ people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
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.
There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment – and nothing more corrupting.
The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.
The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
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.
Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
A racing tipster who only reached Hitler’s level of accuracy would not do well for his clients.

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