Nearly every new law is bad, and nearly every old custom is good.
The obscurest epoch is today.
The psychologists tell us that what we possess we hold too dear — except our inherited civilization, which we are ever eager to part with on the cheap.
A memory lapse is a file not lost but only illegibly labeled; once located, its contents are generally intact.
The evil, or good, that men do on a colossal scale lives after them; the rest is interred with their bones.
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.
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, and ample reason for resentment, 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.