112 Total Quotes

British Historian Quotes

As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.
J. Hobsbawm
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Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
Arthur Helps
#British Historian

The greatest problem about old age is the fear that it may go on too long.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

Psychoanalysts believe that the only 'normal' people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anyone else.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

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.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

No matter what political reasons are given for war, the underlying reason is always economic.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

No war is inevitable until it breaks out.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

The great armies, accumulated to provide security and preserve the peace, carried the nations to war by their own weight.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

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

Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
J. Taylor
#British Historian

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
W. Tozer
#British Historian

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
Northcote Parkinson
#British Historian

The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.
Northcote Parkinson
#British Historian

Hitler's dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.
Alan Bullock
#British Historian

Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme, although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
Alan Bullock
#British Historian

The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.
Alan Bullock
#British Historian

Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature.
Alan Bullock
#British Historian

Democracy is not about making speeches. It is about making committees work.
Alan Bullock
#British Historian

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
Northcote Parkinson
#British Historian

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
Northcote Parkinson
#British Historian

And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.
Arthur Bryant
#British Historian

The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.
John Emerich
#British Historian

I do not believe that civilizations have to die because civilization is not an organism. It is a product of wills.
Arnold Toynbee
#British Historian

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.
Arnold Toynbee
#British Historian

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
Lord Acton
#British Historian

Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
Northcote Parkinson
#British Historian

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
Geoffrey Beene
#British Historian