People throughout history have died mostly of being in the way.
The obscurest epoch is today.
The historical imagination is the recognition that then was someone else’s now.
Two hundred years ago to call a man a poet implied that he was a god; today it implies that he is a fool.
The archetype of the modern intellectual is not the dry specialist, as the nineteenth century foresaw, but the interdisciplinary huckster.
Revolution gets awfully good press, considering its track record.
More people fear the past than the future.
The great lesson of history is that it exists.
History is made forwards and written backwards, which is the chief source of error in both the making and the writing.
Humanity has progressed vastly with how, less with what, and not at all with why.
Chronology is to history what arithmetic is to mathematics.