We are exhorted to ask cui bono?, yet cui malo? is often the more penetrating question.
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.
Why is not half so troublesome a question as So What.
To the problem of different opinions political science offers two solutions, idealism and realism. Idealism: different opinions should not exist. Realism: different opinions do not exist.
Haters gonna have a point now and then.
A dangerous idea must be, if not true, at least plausible.
It is because we always begin with the conclusion that we ever get anywhere.
It is possible to change your mind, when old, only if you have previously acquired the habit.
It is almost no time at all between not being permitted to dissent and not being permitted to abstain.
Progress in philosophy is more plausible arguments in support of more absurd propositions.
If your argument is unanswered it is usually not because it is irrefutable.