Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Oct 312018
 

We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.

Sep 132018
 

The people who believe in Whig history have never read a page of it.

Aug 202018
 

The philosopher, who needs to remember what he knows, forgets; and the historian, who needs to forget, remembers.

Aug 102018
 

Ideologies overtly hostile to civilization are among its less fortunate byproducts.

Jul 252018
 

To imagine not knowing what we know is the indispensable habit of the historian; its opposite is easier to master.

Jun 252018
 

One wonders what people who oppose eugenics think history is.

May 162018
 

The past is rarely given voice, except to pronounce in favor of present fashion.

May 082018
 

To be on the wrong side of history is sometimes fatal; to be in its way always is.

Apr 242018
 

The makers of history know too little of how it will turn out, and the writers know too much.