Jan 092013

Men can always be found to do the king’s bidding without asking so much as the king’s shilling in return.

Jan 082013

It takes half a lifetime to learn to read slowly.

Jan 072013

The least forgiving pedant is the kindergartener in possession of a new fact.

Jan 042013

The successful liar is never forgiven for showing us how tawdry the stories are in which we are eager to believe.

Jan 032013

The magic of compound interest, natural selection, and many other misunderstood phenomena is the simple algorithm, iterated indefinitely.

Jan 022013

The historian imagines leaders who move nations by themselves, as the physicist imagines spherical cows of uniform density.

Jan 012013

Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Dec 272012

In hell you are forced to reread continuously all the books you loved when you were twenty.