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The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

Barbara W. Tuchman

Top 10 Best Quotes

“No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little.”

“In a dependent relationship, the protégé can always control the protector by threatening to collapse.”

“Little attention was paid, because the German people, no matter how hungry, remained obedient.”

“Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as "the most flagrant of all passions.”

“No one is is sure of his premise as the man who knows too little.”

“He wanted AFFIRMATION rather than INFORMATION.”

“The process of gaining power employs means which degrade or brutalize the seeker, who awakes to find that power has been possessed at the cost of virtue or moral purpose lost.”

“A phenomenon noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity. In this sphere, wisdom, which may be defined as the exercise of judgment acting on experience, common sense and available information, is less operative and more frustrated than it should be. Why do holders of high office so often act contrary to the way reason points and enlightened self-interest suggests? Why does intelligent mental process seem so often not to function?”

“Prison does not silence ideas whose time has come.”

“Strong prejudices in an ill-formed mind are hazardous to government.”

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