January 19, 2010


History shows not the inefficacy of actions but the futility of intentions.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 37


  1. The original Spanish is:

    La historia no muestra la ineficacia de los actos sino la vanidad de los propósitos.

  2. Cf. Notas, p. 367:

    "History does not teach the uselessness of an individual's action, but rather the vanity of it.
    "What it shows is not the ineffectiveness of his acts, but the at times comical discrepancy between the goals intended and the results achieved."