Remembering

The obscurest epoch is today.
—Stevenson

Jan 222016
 

I want to visit the future to see how many parodies have entered the history books.

Jan 132016
 

It is the disappearance of slavery in reality that has caused its profusion in metaphor.

Nov 042015
 

The Puritans labored, not to persuade God to elect them — that was decided — but to show the neighbors that He had. Status trumps Grace.

Oct 302015
 

Historical figures are vectors, with magnitude and direction.

Oct 262015
 

Man begins by treating objects as agents; then he grows scientific, and treats agents as objects.

Oct 142015
 

The cure for whoring after the new is to learn how old it is.

Oct 062015
 

The tyrant concerned for his historical reputation must concentrate his fire on the inarticulate, who don’t leave pesky memoirs behind. Kill peasants, not Jews.

Sep 152015
 

To understand the past, treat it like the present; to understand the present, treat it like the past.

Aug 262015
 

Continuous moral progress of the species is an idea so grotesquely flattering that it cannot possibly be true.