Historical figures are vectors, with magnitude and direction.
The obscurest epoch is today.
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.
Now we celebrate human diversity, having spent the last few millennia obliterating it.
History is indicative, not dispositive.