We need not approve of the audience to crave its approval.
We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don’t blow them, who will?
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.
The best time to mention your high IQ is while explaining how IQ measures nothing important.
We say that we know a man when we catch a glimpse, in him, of ourselves.
Few who profess to ignore what others think extend the policy to praise: they fast by gorging on dessert.
Therapy encourages the patient to think and talk about himself — which is what induced him to seek therapy.
We say that we don’t understand, not humbly, but petulantly, to fault the speaker for pretension, or obscurity, or knowledge of the subject.