Whatever the fanatic permits himself is a duty: whatever he denies himself is a crime.
The consolation prize for being out of power is unswerving commitment to timeless civic principles.
Persistent detractors are a mark of distinction, as everyone discovers when he acquires them.
The conservative is a degenerate reactionary who, unable to decide where to set the clock, defaults to now.
Never read your old writing. It will displease you, or worse, please you.
A professor is, quite literally, someone who does not draw the conclusions from his own premises.
A belief no fact can sink no fact can float.
The aphorist strives for the shock of recognition, the moment it dawns on the reader that, yes, that is just what other people are like.
The good cause that leads to bad outcomes may not be all that good a cause.
A very few rigorous social processes — scientific method, trial by jury — converge on truth reliably. Argument is not among them.