Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Jan 032014
 

That no change is possible was the ancient superstition; that any change is possible is the modern one.

Dec 172013
 

Eventually one wearies of strangling the last king with the guts of the last priest.

Dec 092013
 

Yesterday the great enemy of democracy was distinction of birth; today it is distinction of wealth; tomorrow it will be distinction.

Dec 042013
 

Uncivilized colonists enslave the aborigines; civilized colonists exterminate them.

Nov 262013
 

Every historical atrocity has been committed in the name of some high principle.

Nov 072013
 

Those who can remember the past are condemned to tell those who cannot what part of it we are now repeating.

Oct 172013
 

Etiquette and ritual are observed long after traditions and religions have died, as fingernails seem to still grow on a corpse.

Aug 052013
 

All people at all times have annals; but only some at a few times have history.