Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Jan 062015
 

Most of the people who have ever lived have been almost entirely inarticulate, and we know nothing about them.

Nov 072014
 

History is not progress; yet without the idea of progress there can be no history.

Nov 052014
 

Civilization has always existed only in enclaves, and whoever would universalize it is its unwitting enemy.

Oct 012014
 

Chivalry is moribund, but every war kindles a recrudescence.

Sep 302014
 

Each photograph in the album is a tiny buttress of age with youth, of a ruined present with a glorious past.

Sep 242014
 

Many historical figures supposed to be influential are chiefly so among the cataloguers of influence.

Sep 232014
 

People throughout history have died mostly of being in the way.

Sep 222014
 

The historical imagination is the recognition that then was someone else’s now.

Sep 112014
 

Two hundred years ago to call a man a poet implied that he was a god; today it implies that he is a fool.