Humanity for the first time is burdened with a vast proletariat of literate, ambitious, and demanding people who can’t really do anything.
Certain qualities — skepticism, iconoclasm, willpower — are fixed in quantity, and must be apportioned wisely.
All people at all times have annals; but only some at a few times have history.
Certain ideas are so corrosive that they eat through even themselves.
Old people should be heard and not seen.
We weigh nothing so judiciously as a compliment.
Revolution is seeded by abuse and watered by reform.
Taste is quality divided by expense.
The parable of the drunk looking for his keys under the street lamp, where the light is better, explains vast swaths of intellectual history.
You haven’t learned a trade until you are surprised to see it done well.