Today I met a new friend, and I think you’d like him as well. We can’t talk to him because he died in 1975, but he left us some interesting thoughts. Arnold Toynbee (1889 – 1975) was an English historian and philosopher. Here are some quotes I found at http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/:
— It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
— America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair. 😉
— Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.
— Civilizations in decline are consistently characterised by a tendency towards standardization and uniformity.
Historians have a valuable perspective on things precisely because they get out of the current context. Have a magnificent Monday!