Aristocracies die with the disappearance of their duties, not their privileges.
The obscurest epoch is today.
However many stages history is divided into, ours is always second to last.
Civilizations expire, unnoticed, in a rabble of compilers, curators, encyclopedists, connoisseurs, aficionados, mashers-up.
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.