When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood NOT as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.— Jill Lepore
The most beautiful Jill Lepore quotes that will inspire your inner self
Nineteenth-century grass-roots populism made twentieth-century progressivism possible.
Germ theory, which secularized infectious disease, had a side effect: it sacralized epidemiology.
Stages of life are artifacts. Adolescence is a useful contrivance, midlife is a moving target, senior citizens are an interest group, and tweenhood is just plain made up.
Mainly, the more faddish and newer stages of life are really just marketing schemes. Tweenhood. The young old. The quarter-life crisis.
Why do beautiful women love ugly men?
In kindergarten, you can learn how to be a citizen of the world.
Folklore used to be passed by word of mouth, from one generation to the next;
thats what makes it folklore, as opposed to, say, history, which is written down and stored in an archive.
History is hereditary only in this way: we, all of us, inherit everything, and then we choose what to cherish, what to disavow, and what to do next, which is why it's worth trying to know where things come from.
A great deal of what many Americans hold dear is nowhere written on those four pages of parchment, or in any of the amendments. What has made the Constitution durable is the same as what makes it demanding: the fact that so much was left out.
Republicans were more pro-choice than Democrats up until the late 1980s.
Conservatism cherishes tradition; innovation fetishizes novelty. They tug in different directions, the one toward the past, the other toward the future.
My mother married my father in 1956. She was twenty-eight, and he was thirty-one. She loved him with a fierce steadiness borne of loyalty, determination, and an unyielding dignity.
The world may not be getting better and better, but our devices are getting newer and newer.
Epidemiologists study patterns in order to combat infection.
Stories about epidemics follow patterns, too. Stories arent often deadly, but they can be virulent: spreading fast, weakening resistance, wreaking havoc.
History is the art of making an argument about the past by telling a story accountable to evidence. In the writing of history, a story without an argument fades into antiquarianism; an argument without a story risks pedantry. Writing history requires empathy, inquiry, and debate. It requires forswearing condescension, cant, and nostalgia. The past isn’t quaint. Much of it, in fact, is bleak.
The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect.
Reverence just doesnt enter into it.
We have hands that must work, brains that must think, and personalities that must be developed.
Jane Francklyne, born in 1565, had lived for less than a month.
She left very little behind. She was buried in the Ecton churchyard, but her father would hardly have paid a carver to engrave so small a stone. If not for the parish register, there would be no record that this Jane Francklyne had ever lived at all. History is what is written and can be found; what isn't saved is lost, sunken and rotted, eaten by the earth.
You can be strong as any boy if you'll work hard and train yourself in athletics, the way boys do.
Epidemics follow patterns because diseases follow patterns.
Viruses spread; they reproduce; they die.
Reviewing a book written by someone you're living with and sleeping with is, needless to say, wrong.
Old reference books are like tree rings.
Without them, there'd be no way to know what a tree had lived through.
History is a long and endlessly interesting argument, where evidence is everything and storytelling is everything else.