London has always moved and surprised me, reinventing itself in ways both fresh and familiar. It’s a contrary, complex and creative city, an anarchist of a thousand faces – fickle and unfailing, tender and bleak, ambitious and callous.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Berlin inspired Bowie and stirred him to write about real, important matters.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.
Good travel books, like travel itself, open the door to new worlds. In the strongest works the author’s vision becomes our own, especially if his or her subject is a distant destination.