The people must be stupid, for they pay me no mind.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
To embrace the small truth in the views directly opposed to yours is the shortest route to more correctness, and the least often taken.
We call ideas pretty when we think they are false, and ugly when we do not care if they are true.
You can’t tell a man what he doesn’t know he doesn’t know.
Not to opine in public on matters that surpass one’s understanding — this is the most neglected of civic duties.
We are constantly warned against sunk cost, yet sunk belief is so much more expensive.
To speak for those who cannot speak for themselves is impossible and impertinent.
You can talk a man into anything, as long as there’s nothing you have to talk him out of.
Ugliness, incompetence, immaturity: these have become ideologies — no longer failures but ends in themselves.
You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.