Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Oct 312019
 

Journalism is the first draft of history, shortly to reside with all other first drafts.

Oct 152019
 

The past also judges us, less indulgently than the future will.

Oct 112019
 

Civilization is always under attack, always crumbling, always burning; it ends when we can no longer repel the invaders, shore up the foundations, and extinguish the flames.

Sep 272019
 

History is lenient with the vicious and powerful victims of tyrants still more vicious and powerful.

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.