The obscurest epoch is today.

Aug 012016

Civilizations expire, unnoticed, in a rabble of compilers, curators, connoisseurs, encyclopedists, mashers-up, aficionados.

Jun 082016

It defeats the purpose of remembering someone’s name to look pleased with yourself for having done so.

May 242016

It was not so long ago that enthusiasm was regarded as a fatal weakness of character.

Mar 212016

The belief that one is entirely self-created has been possible only in a very few times and places. It is an accident of circumstance.

Mar 032016

Humanity stayed poor through centuries of philosophy, and got rich when Watt perfected the steam engine.

Feb 092016

Great general causes, in history, are the tinder: chance is the match.

Jan 222016

I want to visit the future to see how many parodies have entered the history books.