Top 15 A. J. P. Taylor Quotes of 2020

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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

“The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“Psychoanalysts believe that the only ‘normal’ people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“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

“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

“Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

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

― A. J. P. Taylor

“There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment – and nothing more corrupting.”

― 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

“A racing tipster who only reached Hitler’s level of accuracy would not do well for his clients.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“No war is inevitable until it breaks out.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“Nothing is inevitable until it happens.”

― A. J. P. Taylor

“The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.”

― A. J. P. Taylor
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