Friday, January 24, 2014


I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction.  I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta.  I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven't changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history.  History is ourselves.

-- Kenneth Clark (1903-1983), English author, museum director, and art historian, Civilisation (1969) Ch. 13: Heroic Materialism

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