The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam Quotes.

1. "Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as "the most flagrant of all passions."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

2. "No one is so sure of his premises as the man who knows too little."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

3. "Little attention was paid, because the German people, no matter how hungry, remained obedient."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

4. "In a dependent relationship, the protégé can always control the protector by threatening to collapse."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

5. "No one is is sure of his premise as the man who knows too little."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

6. "Government was rarely more than a choice between the disastrous and the unpalatable."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

7. "He never hears the truth about himself by not wishing to hear it." Pope Alexander"
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

8. "Everything one has a right to do is not best to be done." Benjamin Franklin"
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

9. "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?"
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

10. "Confronted by menace or what is perceived as menace, governments will usually attempt to smash it, rarely to examine it, understand it, and drefine it."
- Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam

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