Quotation of the Week 6

History… is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.

(Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire)

Economic historian and numismatic consultant

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  1. If Gibbon means what appears in history books, rather than what actually happened, he has a point. The same goes for newspapers. They are full of people’s wrongdoings and of what has gone wrong by accident. But there is a bright side. The everyday is uninteresting. Therefore newspapers and history books record the exceptional. Therefore our crimes, follies and misfortunes are the exception. The species has, on the whole, done exceptionally well.

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