The idea that smoke implies fire cannot survive a professional class of industrious smoke merchants.
To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
Group differences never reflect on the individual, only the other members of the group.
The in-group and out-group are praised and blamed by the same people for exactly the same policies, and the bulk of American political commentary consists of party flacks pointing this out about the flacks of the other party.
Pay special regard to the most obvious, most widely disseminated, most often repeated nonsense — it is the loyalty test.
When addressed “with all due respect”, duck.
To be wrongfully accused of an illness is far more serious than to be wrongfully accused of a crime.
It is dishonest to make a special point of not lying.
Inversion marches under the banner of Equality.
Nothing is more depressing than an unceasing barrage of uplift.
Attacks on good are bilge: praise for trash is poison.