To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.
We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don’t blow them, who will?
How to explain the success of one’s inferiors is the most vexing problem in psychology.
That we would have been above the absurd beliefs and barbaric practices of other times — this absurd belief abets our barbaric practices.
It is because we regard conforming opinions as virtue that we treat deviant ones as vice.
A few have learned to suppress their dismay that the world does not regard them quite as they regard themselves, and this we call modesty.
We need not approve of the audience to crave its approval.
You see your own viewpoint about as well as you hear your own accent.
The illogical are convinced that they are imaginative, and the unimaginative that they are logical.
American exceptionalism: The belief that everywhere should be exactly like America, but not just yet.
Intellectuals place a great premium on intelligence, to draw attention from the fact that they are, as a class, quite thick.