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Those people are doing things again

“History is not an agent who goes about trampling traditions into dust, ending lives, stifling others, despoiling the land, and poisoning the sea.  History is humanity on its rampage.  Considering the frequency of natural calamities, our treatment of warfare as a seasonal sport, and the insatiable squirrelliness of human greed, it should be an occasion for surprise when anything excellent survives.” — William H. Gass, “The Test of Time,” from Tests of Time

Published inLit & CritWilliam H. Gass

4 Comments

  1. “. . . the insatiable squirrelliness of human greed . . .”

    This is my new favorite expression. If I could draw, I’d make a little Wall Street tree and a bushy-tailed Bernie Madoff peeping out.

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