To imagine not knowing what we know is the indispensable habit of the historian; its opposite is easier to master.
The obscurest epoch is today.
One wonders what people who oppose eugenics think history is.
The past is rarely given voice, except to pronounce in favor of present fashion.
To be on the wrong side of history is sometimes fatal; to be in its way always is.
The makers of history know too little of how it will turn out, and the writers know too much.
History does not swim left; it is pushed, by the many little helpers on its right side.
The great age is now, and has nearly always been now.
The repetition is the tragedy: the first time is the farce.
Professing communism never saved a kulak, and professing Nazism never saved a Jew. Only the religious fanatics are that sporting.
Pas d’ennemi à gauche eventually begets pas d’ennemi à droite.