"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."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."A. J. P. Taylor on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."A. J. P. Taylor on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."A. J. P. Taylor on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."A. J. P. Taylor on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."A. J. P. Taylor on Thomas Jefferson
"There is nothing more agreeable in life than to make peace with the Establishment - and nothing more corrupting."
"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."