Historically killing deprived its victims only of life; the modern refinement is to deprive them first of agency.
The obscurest epoch is today.
It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.
Each great upheaval of history that now seems to us inevitable came to nearly everyone who lived through it as a complete surprise.
Aristocracies die with the disappearance of their duties, not their privileges.
However many stages history is divided into, ours is always second to last.
Civilizations expire, unnoticed, in a rabble of compilers, curators, connoisseurs, encyclopedists, mashers-up, aficionados.
History, in one sense, is a succession of ever-widening protection rackets.
It defeats the purpose of remembering someone’s name to look pleased with yourself for having done so.
Futurist, n. Jumped-up presentist; Whig gone wild.
It was not so long ago that enthusiasm was regarded as a fatal weakness of character.