What has history to do with me? Mine is the first and only world! I want to report how I find the world. What others have told me about the world is a very small and incidental part of my experience. I have to judge the world, to measure things.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian philosopher. Notebooks 1914-1916, entry for September 2, 1915, ed. Anscombe (1961).
In Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, sect. 5:63 (1921, trans. 1922), Wittgenstein paraphrased: "I am my world. (The microcosm).")