Jakob Burckhardt Quotes

History is on every occasion the record of that which one age finds worthy of note in another. Jakob Burckhardt

In history the way of annihilation is invariably prepared by inward degeneration, by decrease of life. Only then can a shock from outside put an end to the whole. Jakob Burckhardt

Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future. Jakob Burckhardt

The people no longer believe in principles, but will probably periodically believe in saviours. Jakob Burckhardt

History is still in large measure poetry to me. Jakob Burckhardt

It seems that an essential condition for crises is to be found in the existence of a highly developed system of communications and the spreading of a homogenous mentality over vast areas. Jakob Burckhardt