Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Sep 122019
 

Yesterday’s distant dream, today’s brilliant innovation, tomorrow’s basic human right.

Jul 172019
 

It is simple to cheat an honest man; and one of the great themes of modern history is honest men getting cheated.

Jun 252019
 

Discursive prose was a brief and happy interlude in human history: at the beginning were drums and chants, and so it shall be at the end.

May 232019
 

History, for the progressive, is a bottomless source of self-regard. He reads of past men and past deeds, and thinks, “If only they were more like us!”

Apr 162019
 

Not so very long ago, no adult in history had ever spoken of himself as the parent of an animal.

Apr 102019
 

Ours is the Great Age of Hoaxes, its small compensation for being the Great Age of Fakes.

Mar 262019
 

Flash mobs appeared from nowhere, a few years ago, and vanished as suddenly as they came.

Mar 202019
 

There are no murders of great civilizations — only suicides.

Jan 172019
 

The savage’s hatred of the civilized man does little harm, unless abetted by the civilized man’s hatred of himself.

Dec 172018
 

The conservative stands athwart history with a radar gun, handing out the occasional speeding ticket to make quota.