At the beginning you go to the gulag for criticizing Stalin; toward the end for being first, when his name is mentioned, to stop applauding.
The obscurest epoch is today.
It is the lies we tell about history that we are most apt to remember.
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.