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  • No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.

    Peace   War   Political  
  • A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.

    A. J. P. Taylor (2001). “English History 1914-1945”, p.5, Oxford Paperbacks
  • Manchester has everything but good looks..., the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery.

    Vices   Looks   England  
  • 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.

    Kings   Would Be   Duty  
  • 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.

    Beer   Men   Power  
  • Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only "normal" people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.

    Running   Regret   Past  
    "The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939". Book by A. J. P. Taylor, "The Radical Tradition: Fox, Paine, and Cobbett", p. 14, 1957.
  • All other forms of history - economic history, social history, psychological history, above all sociology - seem to me history with the history left out.

    The A J P Taylor (1980). “Politicians, Socialism, and Historians”, H. Hamilton
  • 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.

    Men   Behaviour   Opinion  
    "The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939". Book by A. J. P. Taylor, "The Radical Tradition: Fox, Paine, and Cobbett", p 34, 1957.
  • 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.

    Hands   History   Clerks  
    A. J. P. Taylor (2001). “English History 1914-1945”, p.38, Oxford Paperbacks
  • There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the establishment and nothing more corrupting.

  • We learn nothing from history except the infinite variety of men's behaviour.

    "The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939". Book by A. J. P. Taylor, "The Radical Tradition: Fox, Paine, and Cobbett", p. 34, 1957.
  • The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.

    Fear   Long   Age  
    Observer (1981)
  • 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.

    "The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939". Book by A. J. P. Taylor, "The Great War: The Triumph of E. D. Morel", p. 157, 1957.
  • The Foreign Office knows no secrets.

    Office   Secret   Knows  
    A. J. P. Taylor (2001). “English History 1914-1945”, p.603, Oxford Paperbacks
  • 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.

    War   Fighting   Able  
    A.J.P. Taylor (1996). “Origin Of The Second World War”, p.18, Simon and Schuster
  • The God of Battles will throw the dice that decide.

    Peace   War   Battle  
  • No war is inevitable until it breaks out.

    Peace   War   Break Out  
  • If men are to respect each other for what they are, they must cease to respect each other for what they own.

    'Politicians, Socialism and Historians' (1980) ch. 33
  • 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.

    Book   People   Events  
    A. J. P. Taylor (2001). “English History 1914-1945”, p.602, Oxford Paperbacks
  • 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.

    Drinking   Wine   Years  
  • 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.

    "The First World War". Book by A. J. P. Taylor , p. 165, 1963.
  • Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.

    'Listener' 6 June 1963
  • Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.

    Witty   War   History  
    'The Origins of the Second World War' (1961) ch. 10
  • Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.

  • 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.

    Book   Reading   Feelings  
  • Bismarck fought 'necessary' wars and killed thousands, the idealists of the twentieth century fight 'just' wars and kill millions.

    War   Fighting   Bismarck  
  • Knowledge breeds doubt, not certainty, And the more we know the more uncertain we become.

  • History is not a catalogue but...a convincing version of events.

  • History is not another name for the past, as many people imply. It is the name for stories about the past.

    Past   Names   People  
  • Freedom does not always win. This is one of the bitterest lessons of history.

    Winning   History   Doe  
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    A. J. P. Taylor

    • Born: March 25, 1906
    • Died: September 7, 1990
    • Occupation: Historian