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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara W. Tuchman
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“The proud tower built up through the great age of European civilization was an edifice of grandeur and passion, of riches and beauty and dark cellars. Its inhabitants lived, as compared to a later time, with more self-reliance, more confidence, more hope; greater magnificence, extravagance and elegance; more careless ease, more gaiety, more pleasure in each other's company and conversation, more injustice and hypocrisy, more misery and want, more sentiment including false sentiment, less sufferance of mediocrity, more dignity in work, more delight in nature, more zest. The Old World had much that has since been lost, whatever may have been gained. Looking back on it from 1915, Emile Verhaeren, the Belgian Socialist poet, dedicated his pages, "With emotion, to the man I used to be.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Without a country, you are the basket of humanity.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Even the respectable have a small anarchist hidden on the inside.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“The overpowering unimportance of this MAKES ME SPEECHLESS. – Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas Reed”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Advice to young Samuel Gompers that might apply in many other areas: "Learn from socialism, but don't join it.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Asked what would be his idea of Heaven, one statesman in 1897 said it would be to "receive a flow of telegrams alternating news of a British victory by sea and a British victory by land.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“The scene is France. The theater is the world.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Party animosity was concealed under a veil of studied courtesy.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“If they are afraid of revision in the laboratory, truth will never be released except by accident.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“He was the most persuasive speaker, less for his words than character behind them. He made every listener feel he had done his best to master every aspect of this question, who has been driven by logic to arrive at certain conclusions, and who is disguising from us no argument on either side.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“One aristocratic leader's club was known for, "an atmosphere of solemn tranquility, in which reading, dozing, and meditation took precedence over conversation.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Malignant phenomena do not come out of a golden age.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“He accomplished wonders of diplomacy on the principle, never give way, and never give offense.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“I command, or I keep quiet." Napoleon”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“In proportion that property is small, the danger of misusing the franchisee is great.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Henry Adams, like most people, saw society in his own image.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
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“William McKinley was a man made to be managed.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Mankind's tragedy is that he can draw up blueprints for a better life but he cannot live up to them.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“If it was bliss to be alive, to hunt was rapture.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“The English patrician bloomed in his natural climate.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Of England's patrician class, the author writes: "It was easy to be agreeable when everything was done to keep them in comfort and ease.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Diplomacy's primary law: LEAVE ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Isolation might be more hazardous than splendor.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Everything interested him and everything excited him.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“His only weakness was the habit of prophesying war within the next fortnight. George Bernard Shaw”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“Officers succumbed to the spirit of conspirators.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“He said, “McKinley was going around the country shouting prosperity when there was no prosperity for the poor man.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914
“The country listened to thousands of speeches and read thousands of newspaper columns raking over every argument for and against imperialism and every aspect of the war in the Philippines.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War 1890-1914
“Every repetition of the choice only hardened the issue.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914
“England's traditional tolerance was outraged at last.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

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