“Such imaginary constructs are of course what scientists referred to as models and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with them. Actually, I think a fair case can be made that we cannot think without them. The problem with such models, at least it always seems to happen when we model something called the market, is that once created we have a tendency to treat them as objective realities or even fall down before them and start worshiping them as gods.”

David GraeberDavid Graeber

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

George OrwellGeorge Orwell

“The biggest challenge facing the great teachers and communicators of history is not to teach history itself, nor even the lessons of history, but why history matters. How to ignite the first spark of the will o’the wisp, the Jack o’lantern, the ignis fatuus [foolish fire] beloved of poets, which lights up one source of history and then another, zigzagging across the marsh, connecting and linking and writing bright words across the dark face of the present. There’s no phrase I can come up that will encapsulate in a winning sound-bite why history matters. We know that history matters, we know that it is thrilling, absorbing, fascinating, delightful and infuriating, that it is life.”

Stephen FryStephen Fry

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley