To follow your heart is exactly what people who are skilled at manipulating your emotions want you to do.
Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
We rarely absorb ideas; they settle on us, like dust or ash.
Never let your pessimism interfere with your digestion.
There is no point in arguing over premises, which are assumed, or conclusions, which are contained in the premises.
Stupidity at an immense age becomes instrumental rationality, just as crime on an immense scale becomes statecraft.
Genuine error varies directly with spurious precision.
One certainty is often exchanged for another, doubt for certainty occasionally, certainty for doubt almost never.
To see one’s thought summarized aptly and briefly is the rare experience that is flattering and humiliating in equal measure.
Thought is discrete: nature is continuous.
Precision requires elision.