Aug 072013
 

Humanity for the first time is burdened with a vast proletariat of literate, ambitious, and demanding people who can’t really do anything.

Aug 062013
 

Certain qualities — skepticism, iconoclasm, willpower — are fixed in quantity, and must be apportioned wisely.

Aug 052013
 

All people at all times have annals; but only some at a few times have history.

Aug 022013
 

Certain ideas are so corrosive that they eat through even themselves.

Jul 302013
 

Revolution is seeded by abuse and watered by reform.

Jul 262013
 

The parable of the drunk looking for his keys under the street lamp, where the light is better, explains vast swaths of intellectual history.

Jul 252013
 

You haven’t learned a trade until you are surprised to see it done well.