Thursday, June 30, 2005 +

Notes 117

What should it mean to me that Herman Melville was a greater writer than C. S. Lewis?

Not to make something look better, but to raise oneself to see better.

“With the ancients . . . it was all or nothing, with no fear of disaster [including death]. The fall of states, cities, and kings was considered glorious. That is something utterly alien to us.”—Burckardt, Judgments on History and Historians, I, 4.