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When the hour and the real cause has come, the infection flashes like an electric spark over hundreds of miles. … The message goes through the air, and, in the one thing that counts all men are suddenly of one mind even if only in a blind conviction: Things must change.

Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818-1897) Swiss historian
“The Crises of History” (1869)
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The people no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe in saviors.

Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818-1897) Swiss historian
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History is the record of what one age finds worthy of note in another.

Jacob Christoph Burckhardt (1818-1897) Swiss historian
Judgments on History and Historians, Introduction [tr. Zohn (1958)]
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