It is the lies we tell about history that we are most apt to remember.
The obscurest epoch is today.
In lieu of explanation history offers only more detail.
Nazism is worse than Bolshevism, because everybody’s sober.
It is humble to side with science, and abject to side with history.
History is best read with a grand theory in mind. It will surely be false, but facts and incidents will cling to it like lint.
Civilization creates leisure, leisure promotes folly, and folly ends civilization.
The revolutionary is nostalgic for the future.
Not so long ago people were enslaved by other than comfort, choice, and convenience.
It would have occurred to approximately no one in history to ask if what he was doing made him happy.
We ought to think of the present as if it were the past; instead we think of the past as if it were the present.