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" A bad historian is even more dangerous than dead documentary wood. "
" Nearly all interested parties think I write too shortly on the subjects that interest them most. "
" The one certainly for anyone in the path of an avalanche is this: standing still is not an option. "
" I always needle a bit when people say I'm a champion of the Poles, because I've always had a very multinational view of Poland. "
" Poland is the natural bridge between East and West. "
" History must give the Poles the principal credit for bringing the Soviet bloc to its knees. "
" All political institutions will end sooner or later. The question is when and how. "
" The Law and Justice government does not want a bunch of foreign historians to decide what goes on in 'their' museum. "
" Winners of wars get a standing start in the post-war stakes of remembrance. "
" It's unimaginable to meet a Pole or a German who does not know about the history of their country. But lots of English people don't know the difference between Britain and England. "
" Northern Ireland must, in future, be absorbed into the Irish republic. Wales and Scotland must advance from devolution to full independent status. The four nations of these islands must commit themselves absolutely to the project of a United Europe. "
" Any historian worth their salt should be aware of wars, conflicts, catastrophes. They happen. This is part of the panorama. "
" I wanted to produce a book that would demonstrate not only the rich diversity of people who answered to Anders's command but also the extraordinary variety of their experiences and emotions: from death to despair, fear and longings and eventually to hope. "
" States seem to have a natural life cycle, and anything can occur to change them into something else, and that something might be no bad thing. "
" I first heard of General Anders and his army more than 50 years ago. I admired him then, and I admire him still; and I feel a special bond with the men, women and children whom he rescued from hunger, disease, and official abuse. Theirs is a story of endurance and fortitude that gives one faith in the human spirit. "
" History is very much bound up in family experience. "
" Every austerity measure that Cameron and George Osborne make is being presented in Scotland as the English starving us. "
" The United Kingdom is not, and never has been, a nation state. "
" The question is whether a confident Europe will be a rival for North America - or whether they will work together and become a more unified bloc. "
" People don't see very often their death coming... Look at the French Revolution: The king of France was thinking in the 1780s, 'We're doing rather better than my father in the 1770s.' "
" Our mental maps are distorted by who are the 'winners' of history and who are the powers of today. "
" In the 21st century, there will probably be a reflex against the disintegration of traditional European culture. What started as a reaction will come full circle, and there will be a return to the roots. "
" I can just remember the blitz of Manchester, or perhaps my father's tales about the blitz of Manchester. I can remember the blackout, the powdered eggs, and the gas masks. But I think no British person should pretend that being resident in England could count as being in the thick of the action. "
" There is a real danger of the United Kingdom breaking up. There is a loss of common identity. "
" The last years of fading communism provided an ideal environment for Poland's Catholic Church, which acted as an umbrella for dissenters of all sorts. "
" Serenity is the balance between good and bad, life and death, horrors and pleasures. Life is, as it were, defined by death. If there wasn't death of things, then there wouldn't be any life to celebrate. "
" At the end of the Roman Empire, in the Byzantine period, the empire shrinks and shrinks until it consists of one city, Constantinople, and the Ottoman Turks can encircle it. "
" Traditionally, historians thought in terms of invasions: the Celts took over the islands, then the Romans, then the Anglo-Saxons. It now seems much more likely that the resident population doesn't change as much as thought. The people stay put but are reculturalized by some new dominant culture. "
" Young people have to learn in a cocoon filled with false optimism. Unlike their parents and grandparents, they grow up with very little sense of the pitiless passage of time. "
" Nothing stands still. Everything is moving in some direction or another. "
" Only by painting the great panorama of history, can the great history-reading public be entertained or satisfied. "