Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

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.