- A sort of punitive labor to which one submits willingly for the crime of owning property.
History isn’t actually written by the victors. It’s merely related by the victors to their timid subordinates, who then perform the tedious work of rendering it into print.
Embarrassing, the degree to which my mood is affected by the weather — but useful, too, as a reminder that I continue to be infested with banality.
Does God have perfect knowledge of my future? The question is immense — immense and irrelevant. I, myself, have perfect knowledge of my future — a lot like the present, it is, just with greater quantities of fatigue.
I don’t require the existence of a Stasi or KGB to surreptitiously monitor my behavior: I spy on myself sufficiently well.
A recent study shows that literary fiction improves the reader’s capacity for empathy. Speaking anecdotally, I see considerable merit in these findings. Having read Joyce’s Ulysses in college, for example, I feel awful for anyone compelled to do the same.