The people whose intelligence is argued over are, as a class, more intelligent than the people who argue over it.
If no man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money, then world literature is almost entirely the province of blockheads.
The subtle tempter praises mediocrity to attack excellence, and deviance to attack normality.
Merciful regimes kill the troublesome without insisting on reeducating them first.
When Bentham designed the Panopticon, he did not anticipate so many volunteers.
Yesterday’s distant dream, today’s brilliant innovation, tomorrow’s basic human right.
Journalists used to be raffish and amusing liars, and they are no longer raffish or amusing.
The proper end of politics is not to make life pleasant for yourself, your friends, and your allies, but to make it miserable for those whom you hate, envy, and fear.
You are not better than this. You are not worse than this. You are exactly this.
The best places don’t let people in, and the worst don’t let them out.