Jul 262018

Many people I like aren’t my friends, and some of my friends I don’t much like.

Jul 252018

To imagine not knowing what we know is the indispensable habit of the historian; its opposite is easier to master.

Jul 242018

We begin to enjoy being called boys and girls when we know that we no longer are.

Jul 232018

The minor vices we all recognize and deplore; the major ones pass for virtues.

Jul 202018

We are regularly informed, by people with talent for a discipline, that nothing is required to master it but effort.

Jul 192018

Fool-proof is difficult, genius-proof is impossible.

Jul 182018

Better than nothing is an exacting standard: medicine has met it only recently, and to many prestigious and lucrative occupations it remains a fond hope.

Jul 172018

With each passing year I find the argument that “no one could possibly be that stupid” less persuasive.

Jul 162018

The pleasure in having people admire your work lasts until you see what else they like.

Jul 132018

Progress, n.   The gradually increasing belief in the stupidity of one’s ancestors.