Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism.
Before the day begins, you are not yet engaged in any physical activities. And it is only physically that you are constrained by the limits of time and place; mentally, there are no such boundaries.
Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress.
The whole point about historians is that we are really communing with the dead. It’s very restful – because you read. There’s some sociopathic problem that makes me prefer it to human interaction.
I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction.
Well, I think the United States first of all has to recognize the world for what it is.
The delusions of self-love cannot be prevented, but intellectual misconceptions as to the means of achieving success may be corrected.
The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth.
It’s great to see countries like China and India lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty by essentially copying Western ways of doing things.
I’m very staid compared to my students, actually.