A. J. P. Taylor

The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the spectre of Communism.

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

We are apt to say that a foreign policy is successful only when the country, or at any rate the governing class, is united behind it. In reality, every line of policy is repudiated by a section, often by an influential section, of the country concerned. A foreign minister who waited until everyone agreed with him would have no foreign policy at all.

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.

He objected to ideas only when others had them.

He was a meticulous housemaid, great at tidying up.

Freedom does not always win. That is one of the bitterest lessons of history

George VI in the conventional parlance was a Good King who sacrificed his life to his sense of duty. If we are to have monarchs it would be hard to find a better one.

When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other.

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

Nothing is inevitable until it happens.

A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.

Fascism was little more than terrorist rule by corrupt gangsters. Mussolini was not corrupt himself but he did nothing except to rage impotently.

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

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


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