Yesterday the great enemy of democracy was distinction of birth; today it is distinction of wealth; tomorrow it will be distinction.
Integrity is the writer refusing to make allowances for the reader; philistinism is the reader refusing to make allowances for the writer.
Failure is always an option. Often it is the best option.
Uncivilized colonists enslave the aborigines; civilized colonists exterminate them.
The principle of epistemic modesty does not imply that people in high places know what they’re doing; quite the contrary.
To be perfectly sincere one must be very clever or very stupid.
Good critics do not have good taste. They have articulate, consistent taste for which the reader can correct.
To be powerful relieves one of the obligation to be interesting.
Only the very cruellest novelists reproduce dialogue accurately.
Every historical atrocity has been committed in the name of some high principle.