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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Barbara W. Tuchman

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

“Even the respectable have a small anarchist hidden on the inside.”

“Diplomacy's primary law: LEAVE ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION.”

“The overpowering unimportance of this MAKES ME SPEECHLESS. – Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas Reed”

“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.”

“Mankind's tragedy is that he can draw up blueprints for a better life but he cannot live up to them.”

“Malignant phenomena do not come out of a golden age.”

“In proportion that property is small, the danger of misusing the franchisee is great.”

“If it was bliss to be alive, to hunt was rapture.”

“Advice to young Samuel Gompers that might apply in many other areas: "Learn from socialism, but don't join it.”

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