Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Oct 302015
 

Historical figures are vectors, with magnitude and direction.

Oct 262015
 

Man begins by treating objects as agents; then he grows scientific, and treats agents as objects.

Oct 142015
 

The cure for whoring after the new is to learn how old it is.

Oct 062015
 

The tyrant concerned for his historical reputation must concentrate his fire on the inarticulate, who don’t leave pesky memoirs behind. Kill peasants, not Jews.

Sep 152015
 

To understand the past, treat it like the present; to understand the present, treat it like the past.

Aug 262015
 

Continuous moral progress of the species is an idea so grotesquely flattering that it cannot possibly be true.

Aug 242015
 

Almost everyone believes in science; it is history that no one believes in.

Aug 212015
 

Now we celebrate human diversity, having spent the last few millennia obliterating it.