You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.
To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.
Confusion about pronouns and antecedents will be feminism’s enduring legacy.
Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.
So many arguments won, and still no spoils.
In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.
Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.
It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.
Bad manners can put someone off once; it takes perfect manners to put him off for good.
Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.