In any assembly, the simplest way to stop the transacting of business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.
Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice.
Of true knowledge at any time, a good part is merely convenient, necessary indeed to the worker, but not to an understanding of his subject: One can judge a building without knowing where to buy the bricks; one can understand a violin sonata without knowing how to score for the instrument. The work may in fact be better understood without a knowledge of the details of its manufacture, of attention to these tends to distract from meaning and effect.
- Thomas Merton French-born American Clergyman
- James Truslow Adams American Historian
- David McCullough American Historian
- Will Durant American Historian
- James Harvey Robinson American Historian
- Jean-luc Godard French-born Swiss Film Director
- Theodore H. White American Journalist
- Daniel J. Boorstin American Historian
- Christopher Lasch American Historian
- Alfred Whitney Griswold American Historian