Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Sep 132017
 

We ought to think of the present as if it were the past; instead we think of the past as if it were the present.

Aug 302017
 

Theories of history owe their enduring popularity to the difficulty of perceiving accident in accomplished fact.

Jul 102017
 

Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.

Jun 282017
 

Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.

Jun 052017
 

The list of people who achieve posthumous fame after a lifetime of obscurity is short, and will not include you.

Apr 122017
 

The conquerors enslave the conquered, when the gap between them is small; when it is large, they exterminate them.

Mar 232017
 

Civilizations are created from the middle out and destroyed from the top down.