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.

Jul 122018
 

Now and then, in support of a cause, someone exhorts me so ardently, so passionately, so articulately, that I know in my gut, without consulting the facts, that he is wrong.