Civilizations expire, unnoticed, in a rabble of compilers, curators, connoisseurs, encyclopedists, mashers-up, aficionados.
The obscurest epoch is today.
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.
The belief that one is entirely self-created has been possible only in a very few times and places. It is an accident of circumstance.
For diminishing returns read philosophy; for network effects read history.
Humanity stayed poor through centuries of philosophy, and got rich when Watt perfected the steam engine.
Great general causes, in history, are the tinder: chance is the match.
I want to visit the future to see how many parodies have entered the history books.