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.