Jul 222013

It is difficult to write even ten words without wasting one.

Jul 192013

Reading old books leavens our fashionable prejudices with a few unfashionable ones.

Jul 182013

Most of what passes for deep thought today can be traced to some misunderstanding of Darwin, Einstein, Heisenberg, or Gödel.

Jul 162013

Americans take no interest in education but are obsessed with schooling.

Jul 152013

Unbending virtue dies on the page. Bores, prigs, hypocrites, blowhards, martinets — these are the glories of world literature.

Jul 122013

Restaurants fail more frequently than gas stations because no one dreams of quitting his corporate job to open a gas station.

Jul 112013

If the object of desire is rich, we call it gold-digging; if handsome, lust; if clever, fascination; and if he has no discernible appeal, we call it love.

Jul 102013

The modern mind will countenance any explanation for what you say except that you believe it.

Jul 092013

The incorruptible politician merely prefers power to money.