The archetype of the modern intellectual is not the dry specialist, as the nineteenth century foresaw, but the interdisciplinary huckster.
The obscurest epoch is today.
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.
Countries are artificial: cities are natural.
Today’s reductio, tomorrow’s reality.
From mass literacy the last couple of centuries follow more or less ineluctably.