Jul 262013
 

The parable of the drunk looking for his keys under the street lamp, where the light is better, explains vast swaths of intellectual history.

Jul 252013
 

You haven’t learned a trade until you are surprised to see it done well.

Jul 242013
 

If choice trumped biology, men would divorce their children instead of their wives.

Jul 232013
 

The good customer never reminds the shopkeeper how good a customer he is.

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.