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Born: 1912-01-30
Profession: Historian
Nation: American
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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Tags: History, Science, Thought

To a historian libraries are food, shelter, and even muse.

Tags: Food, Libraries, Muse

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

Tags: Unfolding, War

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.

Tags: Revolution, Successful, Time

No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.

Tags: Decision, Government, Hard

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.

Tags: Friend, Old, Past

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism.

Tags: Old, Power, Secret

Books are humanity in print.

Tags: Books, Humanity, Print

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.

Tags: Dead, Military, Mind

For me, the card catalog has been a companion all my working life. To leave it is like leaving the house one was brought up in.

Tags: Leaving, Life, Working

Honor wears different coats to different eyes.

Tags: Coats, Eyes, Honor

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.

Tags: Closed, Door, Library

Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.

Tags: Dead, Great, Mind

Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.

Tags: Discipline, Easy, Enough

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.

Tags: History, Sea, War

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.

Tags: Book, Put, Thoughts