History is made top down, civilization bottom up.
The obscurest epoch is today.
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.
I regret less the great works that have been irretrievably lost than the mediocre ones that have been irrevocably preserved.
We speak of rewriting history, as if there were an alternative.
Humor used to be funny.
If progress is marching, it must be drunk.