Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Mar 032015
 

The hard sciences killed God, natural selection buried Him, variance drove a silver stake through His heart, and yet He will not die.

Feb 232015
 

For every empire history offers a hundred explanations for why it fell, when what we need to know is how it lasted.

Feb 102015
 

The right side of history — it is a marvel in its way. Five small words, yet is there a contemporary folly it neglects to embrace?

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.