„“Let me explain to you,” the Horned One said, “the nature of history.”
“What?”
“The first thing you need to know is that history happens almost exclusively in the dark… Here is your second lesson: History is that which cannot be prevented… Here is your third and final lesson: History is simply life with all the bits any sane person might care to experience left out.”“

—  Michael Swanwick, livro Jack Faust

Fonte: Jack Faust (1997), Chapter 14, “Dreadnought” (pp. 246-256; extracts from a long narrative passage)

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Variant translation: What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
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