Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.
The obscurest epoch is today.
Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.
Memory is as cruel to others as it is kind to oneself.
The list of people who achieve posthumous fame after a lifetime of obscurity is short, and will not include you.
Spelling has gone the way of handwriting.
The conquerors enslave the conquered, when the gap between them is small; when it is large, they exterminate them.
Civilizations are created from the middle out and destroyed from the top down.
History is hard to start and impossible to stop.
Great innovations appear made by many simultaneously, because we consign to obscurity anyone more than a week or two ahead of his time.
The medieval church had a juster claim as guardian of the life of the mind than the contemporary university.