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.
If choice trumped biology, men would divorce their children instead of their wives.
The good customer never reminds the shopkeeper how good a customer he is.
It is difficult to write even ten words without wasting one.
Reading old books leavens our fashionable prejudices with a few unfashionable ones.
Most of what passes for deep thought today can be traced to some misunderstanding of Darwin, Einstein, Heisenberg, or Gödel.
Candor is honesty’s poor relation.
Americans take no interest in education but are obsessed with schooling.
Unbending virtue dies on the page. Bores, prigs, hypocrites, blowhards, martinets — these are the glories of world literature.