Jan 022013

The historian imagines leaders who move nations by themselves, as the physicist imagines spherical cows of uniform density.

Jan 012013

Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Dec 272012

In hell you are forced to reread continuously all the books you loved when you were twenty.

Dec 262012

The more hands your opinions have passed through, the more likely you are to regard them as your own.

Dec 252012

We call past ages unhappy with no better warrant than that we suppose we would have been unhappy in them.

Dec 242012

Youth is lost like money — gradually, then suddenly.

Dec 212012

Our collective delusion that we can fix most problems is another problem we can’t fix.

Dec 202012

In 1870 Henry Adams wrote that everything was respectable, and nothing amusing. Today everything is amusing, and nothing respectable.