Mar 062013

As I interpret Genesis, the original sin is ennui.

Mar 042013

It is a peculiar hell, this world in which everyone is always ready for his close-up.

Mar 012013

Science progresses by funeral, engineering by disaster.

Feb 272013

The great problem in political science is how to persuade the people to elect a government of which the theorist approves.

Feb 262013

Defang a book by putting it on the syllabus, a painting by putting it in a museum, and a radical by putting him in the ministry.

Feb 252013

We are more like our contemporaries than we imagine, and less like our ancestors.

Feb 222013

Expertise makes one peremptory, but peremptoriness does not make one expert.

Feb 212013

The wise are all alike, but every fool is foolish in his own way.