Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.
The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.
In the history of the treatment of depression, there was the dunking stool, purging of the bowels of black bile, hoses, attempts to shock the patient. All of these represent hatred or aggression towards what depression represents in the patient.
We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.
Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I’m not even sure we can draw lessons from them.