Tuesday, March 09, 2004

…the lessons to be learned from Thucydides are no different from the ones that the tragic playwrights teach: that the arrogant self can become the abject Other; that failure to bend, to negotiate, inevitably results in terrible fracture; that, because we are only human, our knowledge is merely knowingness, our vision partial rather than whole, and we must tread carefully in the world.

Daniel Mendelsohn, “Theatres of War,” The New Yorker, January 12, 2004

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