When you hear a proposed law or policy described as “common sense,” run for your life. Common sense doesn’t scale.
It is better to put off a task, and be thought incompetent, than complete it, and remove all doubt.
If you must be the victim of a grotesque law or policy, be first, or photogenic, and it may pay you back in fame. The rest go unnoticed.
To rebut the charge of being a weenie is to be a weenie.
Never write a bad review until the book has received too many good ones.
I support Don’t ask, don’t tell, but for all of human intercourse.
Depth is the desire not to be judged on the surface.
A civilized man will sometimes go native; but a native, except under extraordinary duress, will never go civilized.
The philosopher, who needs to remember what he knows, forgets; and the historian, who needs to forget, remembers.
The law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, and this, precisely, is the source of its majesty.