(Speaking of late nineteenth-century self-regard within the British empire:)
Well, here we are on top of the world, and we have arrived at this peak to stay there forever. There is, of course, a thing called history, but history is something unpleasant that happens to other people. We are comfortably outside all of that I am sure.
~Arnold J. Toynbee
That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.
~Anonymous, Scientific American, January 2, 1909