Quote of the day, Dec. 1

A.J.P. Taylor, from The Trouble Makers: Dissent over Foreign Policy, 1792-1939 (1957)

“Every historian loves the past or should do. If not, he has mistaken his vocation; but it is a short step from loving the past to regretting that it has ever changed. Conservatism is our greatest trade-risk; and we run psychoanalysts close in the belief that the only ‘normal’ people are those who cause no trouble either to themselves or anybody else.”

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