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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 630 of the final (2016) volume – Bourgeois Equality – of Deirdre McCloskey‘s brilliant trilogy on the essence of bourgeois values, on their transmission, and on their essential role in modern life:

unknownPessimism on the basis of the most alarming of today’s trends is jolly good fun, I know. But since 1800 it has been a poor predictor.