“We see now that the abyss of history is deep enough to hold us all. We are aware that a civilization has the same fragility as a life. No one can say what will be dead or alive tomorrow, what ideas and modes of expression will be inscribed on the casualty list. Hope, of course, remains. But hope is only man’s mistrust of the clear foresight of his mind.”

-Paul Valery, 1919

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