Not to opine in public on matters that surpass one’s understanding — this is the most neglected of civic duties.
Every discipline attempts to transfer sovereignty from the consumer to the producer; “professionalism” is our name for a successful coup.
Self-criticism, painful as it may be, at least affords the opportunity to think about oneself.
Leader, n. The champion follower.
Every feasible technology will be used, and every admitted principle will be exploited.
History is hard to start and impossible to stop.
Collegiality is implacably hostile to independence of mind, and it can be avoided only by not having colleagues.
Relativism, n. The belief that all things are relative, though some are more relative than others.
You are an ideologue if your views can be inferred from your vocabulary.
Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.