It is the disappearance of slavery in reality that has caused its profusion in metaphor.
The obscurest epoch is today.
The Puritans labored, not to persuade God to elect them — that was decided — but to show the neighbors that He had. Status trumps Grace.
Historical figures are vectors, with magnitude and direction.
Man begins by treating objects as agents; then he grows scientific, and treats agents as objects.
The cure for whoring after the new is to learn how old it is.
The tyrant concerned for his historical reputation must concentrate his fire on the inarticulate, who don’t leave pesky memoirs behind. Kill peasants, not Jews.
History is made top down, civilization bottom up.
To understand the past, treat it like the present; to understand the present, treat it like the past.
Continuous moral progress of the species is an idea so grotesquely flattering that it cannot possibly be true.
Almost everyone believes in science; it is history that no one believes in.