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The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
by Barbara Tuchman

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

Related topics: History

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
- Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books, history is silent, literature dumb,
science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
- Barbara Tuchman

 

Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.
- Barbara Tuchman

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes
of the tyrant it has deposed.
- Barbara Tuchman

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to
take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.
- Barbara Tuchman

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Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey;
it is capricious,
bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
- Barbara Tuchman

Books are humanity in print.
- Barbara Tuchman

To a historian libraries are food, shelter,
and even muse.
- Barbara Tuchman

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend,
the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard.
- Barbara Tuchman

No more distressing moment can ever face a British
government than that which requires it to come to a hard,
fast and specific decision.
- Barbara Tuchman

Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim
of a great but dead general.
- Barbara Tuchman

Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
- Barbara Tuchman

For me, the card catalog has been a companion all my working life.
To leave it is like leaving the house one was brought up in.
- Barbara Tuchman

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World,
spheres of influence, balances of power,
secret treaties, triple alliances, and,
during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism.
- Barbara Tuchman

I felt only as a man can feel who is roaming over the
prairies of the far West,
well armed, and mounted on a fleet and gallant steed.
- Buffalo Bill

A modern fleet of ships does not so much make use of
the sea as exploit a highway.
- Joseph Conrad

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 completely crippled our Pacific Fleet.
- Jerry Costello

The admirals of his majesty's fleet are classed into three squadrons,
viz.
the red, the white, and the blue.
- William Falconer

Of whatsoever number a fleet of ships of war is composed,
it is usually divided into three squadrons;
and these,
if numerous, are again separated into divisions.
- William Falconer

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy,
who can be dull in Fleet Street.
- Charles Lamb

After the atomic bombs were dropped,
the war ended and we went into Tokyo Bay with the rest of the fleet,
the Missouri and the rest of them, while they signed
the terms of surrender that ended the war.
- Barney Ross

When reflecting upon it today, that the Pearl Harbor
attack should have succeeded in achieving surprise
seems a blessing from Heaven.
It was clear that a great American fleet had been concentrated in Pearl Harbor,
and we supposed that the state of alert would be very high.
- Hideki Tojo

If the British Fleet were lost or captured,
the Atlantic might be dominated by Germany,
a power hostile to our way of life, controlling in
that event most of the ships and shipbuilding facilities of Europe.
- Wendell Willkie

I've got money so I'm a Conservative.
- Lord Thomson of Fleet

As for editorial content, that's the stuff you separate the ads with.
- Lord Thomson of Fleet

I thought Paulie could jump.
I know he's not fleet of foot, but at least have some hops.
I guess we know who is not going to win a gold glove.
I was trying to become a spokesperson for the U.S.
Postal Service.
- Billy Koch

Our duty was to try and find the Japanese fleet.
We never did find the Japanese fleet and I am awfully glad,
because they had attacked us there with six carriers,
three battleships, 10 or 15 cruisers,
and about 20 destroyers.
- Barney Ross

I have a magpie mind.
I like anything that glitters.
- Lord Thomson of Fleet

I buy newspapers to make money to buy more newspapers to make more money.
- Lord Thomson of Fleet

Always think in terms of what the other person wants.
- James Van Fleet

The fleet being thus more inclosed will more readily observe the signals,
and with greater facility form itself into the line
of battle a circumstance which should be kept in view
in every order of sailing.
- William Falconer

Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet
would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was
kept in order and increasing by staying in port;
but know he finds,
I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth,
that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.
- Horatio Nelson

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

I sailed through my childhood with a complete lack of any drama.
- Kate Adie

To be taken into account were some years of schooling,
where I studied with diligence Neptune's laws,
and these laws I tried to obey when I sailed overseas;
it was worth the while.
- Joshua Slocum

Ted Turner sailed into the meeting, and I mean sailed.
He holds himself as if he were at the helm of his sailboat,
in the process of winning the race.
- Joseph Barbera

What a different world it was when I first sailed for Europe in 1930,
with my mother, sister, and brother to spend six months abroad.
- Gene Tierney

My philosophy was, if I just do good work,
someone will like it enough to employ me.
It never made me famous.
And I'm way, way too old now, mate.
That boat's sailed.
- Ian Hart

Was the crew well? Was I not? I had profited in many ways by the voyage.
I had even gained flesh, and actually weighed a pound
more than when I sailed from Boston.
- Joshua Slocum

Sailed this day nineteen leagues, and determined to
count less than the true number,
that the crew might not be dismayed if the voyage should prove long.
- Christopher Columbus

My ship was also in better condition than when she
sailed from Boston on her long voyage.
She was still as sound as a nut, and as tight as the best ship afloat.
She did not leak a drop - not one drop!
- Joshua Slocum

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
- Winston Churchill

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We have no enemies,
we have only friendships that we haven't yet developed
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war
is nothing but an act of murder.
- Albert Einstein

Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed,
for if you merely offend them, they take vengeance,
but if you injure them greatly, they are unable to retaliate,
so that the injury done to a man
ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
- Michael Moncur

The problems of victory are more agreeable
than those of defeat,
but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill

We will not learn how to live together in peace
by killing each other's children.
- Jimmy Carter

We have been travelling through a cloud.
The sky has been dark ever since the war began.
- Black Kettle

War is a series of catastrophes which result in victory.
- Albert Pike

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war that we know about peace,
more about killing that we know about living.
- Omar N. Bradley

War is not an adventure.
It is a disease.
It is like typhus.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations.
They have the best implements of war.
- Herbert V. Prochnow

In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.
- Herodotus

You can't say civilization don't advance...
in every war they kill you in a new way.
- Will Rogers

War is the symptom, not the disease.
- L. M. Heroux

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
- Hiram Johnson

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
- Thomas Mann

War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert

The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

War would end if the dead could return.
- Stanley Baldwin

A bad peace is better than a good war.
- Yiddish Proverb


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