Dead white men are to be disregarded in part because they are men, more because they are white, and most of all because they are dead.
The obscurest epoch is today.
Few mourn dueling, but many mourn the qualities that once induced men to duel.
There have been historically four ways of dealing with conquered people, corresponding to the four stages of civilization: kill them; enslave them; tax them; and supply them with money, weapons, military training, ample reason for resentment, and then leave.
Civilization can never be other than a brief local interlude; it creates the conditions for its own destruction.
As the Western rose and fell, so too America.
Sane people throw themselves into politics only when the state has made normal life impossible, and by then it is too late.
Any man who was not a Whig a hundred fifty years ago had no heart, and any man who is one today has no brains.
Institutions are never repaired, only replaced.
Things were so much better when you were.
What has disappeared, with the decline of formal religion, is not religion but formality.