Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Jan 042018
 

It is humble to side with science, and abject to side with history.

Dec 272017
 

History is best read with a grand theory in mind. It will surely be false, but facts and incidents will cling to it like lint.

Nov 082017
 

Civilization creates leisure, leisure promotes folly, and folly ends civilization.

Sep 272017
 

Not so long ago people were enslaved by other than comfort, choice, and convenience.

Sep 222017
 

It would have occurred to approximately no one in history to ask if what he was doing made him happy.

Sep 132017
 

We ought to think of the present as if it were the past; instead we think of the past as if it were the present.

Aug 302017
 

Theories of history owe their enduring popularity to the difficulty of perceiving accident in accomplished fact.