" What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you could let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams, for what? So you can swim, and dance, and play… You, all of you, I’m going back to my own time; I won’t even bother to tell of the useless struggle and their hopeless future, but at least I can die among men!"
- The Time Machine (1960)