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Knowledge breeds doubt, not certainty,
And the more we know the more uncertain we become. — A.J.P. Taylor

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If there had been a strong democratic sentiment in Germany, Hitler would never have come to power . [Germans] deserved what they got when they went round crying for a hero. — A.J.P. Taylor

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A racing tipster who only reached Hitler's level of accuracy would not do well for his clients. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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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. — A.J.P. Taylor

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No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long. — A.J.P. Taylor

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History is not a catalogue but ... a convincing version of events. — A.J.P. Taylor

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Nothing is inevitable until it happens. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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A master of improvised speech and improvised policies. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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The Foreign Office knows no secrets. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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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

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We learn nothing from history except the infinite variety of men's behaviour. — A.J.P. Taylor

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[Otto von Bismarck] only considered the interests of his own country - always the worst offense that a statesman can commit in the eyes of foreigners. — A.J.P. Taylor

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The God of Battles will throw the dice that decide ... — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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The present enables us to understand the past, not the other way round. — A.J.P. Taylor

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Freedom does not always win. This is one of the bitterest lessons of history. — A.J.P. Taylor

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History is the great propagator of doubt. — A.J.P. Taylor

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In retrospect, though many were guilty, none was innocent. — A.J.P. Taylor

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The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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Manchester has everything but good looks ... , the only place in England which escapes our characteristic vice of snobbery. — A.J.P. Taylor

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Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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I was a narrative historian, believing more and more as I matured that the first function of the historian was to answer the child's question, What happened next? — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment - and nothing more corrupting. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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No war is inevitable until it breaks out. — A.J.P. Taylor

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The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism. — A.J.P. Taylor

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Bismarck fought 'necessary' wars and killed thousands, the idealists of the twentieth century fight 'just' wars and kill millions. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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Fascism was little more than terrorist rule by corrupt gangsters. Mussolini was not corrupt himself but he did nothing except to rage impotently. — A.J.P. Taylor

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Rather an end in horror, than horror without end. He could not condemn principles he might need to invoke and apply later. The wolf cannot help having been created by God as he is, but we shoot him all the same if we have to. The great player in diplomacy, as in chess, asks the question,Does this improve me?, not look at the possible fringe benefits If you can't have what you like, you must like what you have. — A.J.P. Taylor

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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

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Our task as historians is to make past conflicts live again; not to lament the verdict or to wish for a different one. It bewildered me when my old master A. F. Pribram, a very great historian, said in the nineteen-thirties: 'It is still not decided whether the Habsburg monarchy could have found a solution for its national problems.' How can we decide about something that did not happen? Heaven knows, we have difficulty enough in deciding what did happen. Events decided that the Habsburgs had not found a solution for their national problems; that is all we know or need to know. Whenever I read the phrase: 'whether so-and-so acted rightly must be left for historians to decide', I close the book; the writer has moved from history to make-believe. — A.J.P. Taylor