The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
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. . .
The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism.
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.
Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.
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.
No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
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.
There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment - and nothing more corrupting.
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.
No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
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.
Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
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
Like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.