Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
With humanity’s long proud history of standing firm against natural enemies, sometimes in the face of almost certain defeat and extinction, we would be cowardly and stupid to leave the field on the eve of our greatest potential victory.
Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day —
We should perceive that man’s period of historical existence, a period so short that his physical constitution has not been altered in the slightest degree, is insufficient to allow of any considerable mental change.
The so-called “materialistic conception of history” with the crude elements of genius of the early form which appeared, for instance, in the Communist Manifesto still prevails only in the minds of laymen and dilettantes.
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.