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.
In any assembly, the simplest way to stop the transacting of business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principle.
- 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