Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

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.

Jun 122013
 

The past, like a mirror, is best gazed into from a middle distance; you can see nothing close up or far away.

Apr 042013
 

We remember what we believe, and believe what we remember.

Feb 252013
 

We are more like our contemporaries than we imagine, and less like our ancestors.