Lying

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.
—-Kipling

Mar 312016
 

To persuade a man, convince him not that the idea is sound but that it is his own.

Feb 082016
 

Arguable, adj.   What one is unwilling to argue about.

Jan 272016
 

Great rewards await those who supply the rich and powerful with reasons for whatever they were going to do in the first place.

Jan 112016
 

Rhetoric, n.  An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.

Dec 152015
 

Perspective, n. In argument: A diversionary tactic.

Dec 092015
 

We never find ourselves explaining that we don’t care about the opinions of others to the others whose opinions we don’t care about.

Nov 112015
 

Lying, like the manufacture of arms, is driven by demand.

Nov 032015
 

The mark of envy is not harsh criticism, but tepid praise.

Oct 162015
 

To discover the most appalling ignorance of science one need only canvass its most vociferous defenders.

Oct 092015
 

It is odd that there is so much talk of genius, when geniuses deny that it exists, and the rest of us wouldn’t know.