Sunday, January 1, 2012
All the lessons of history in four sentences:
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
—Charles A. Beard
I watch four movies during the holidays. Jaws, because it offers one last glimmer of what man was. The Shawshank Redemption, because it presents man as he is. And To Kill A Mockingbird, because it tells us what man should be. (It's A Wonderful Life doesn't do it for me, and I have no idea why.) I also re-read a collection of quotes that I've been compiling for over ten years. Beard's surprises me every time.