Date of birth: 1912-01-30
Date of death: 1989-02-06
Quotes number: 16
Books are humanity in print.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Dead battles, like dead generals, hold the military mind in their dead grip.
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.
Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed.
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.
Honor wears different coats to different eyes.
No more distressing moment can ever face a British government than that which requires it to come to a hard, fast and specific decision.
Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library.
Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.