We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
To the vicious cant of equal result is opposed the vaguer, more plausible, and still more vicious cant of equal opportunity.
To be great is to be misunderstood; but to affirm the consequent is rather more common.
The idealist wants extra credit for the wrong answer.
Every established bad practice relies on a vivid and convincing precedent; it has always worked, at least once.
Being right twice a day makes a stopped clock useless: it can’t be depended on even for the wrong time.
There are people who say a lot of true things, and people who say a lot of insightful things, but not the same people.
Enthusiastic agreement is an infallible sign that you have not been understood.
With each passing year I find the argument that “no one could possibly be that stupid” less persuasive.
Now and then, in support of a cause, someone exhorts me so ardently, so passionately, so articulately, that I know in my gut, without consulting the facts, that he is wrong.