Dec 232016
 

You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.

Dec 222016
 

To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.

Dec 212016
 

Confusion about pronouns and antecedents will be feminism’s enduring legacy.

Dec 202016
 

Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.

Dec 192016
 

So many arguments won, and still no spoils.

Dec 162016
 

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.

Dec 152016
 

Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.

Dec 142016
 

It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.

Dec 132016
 

Bad manners can put someone off once; it takes perfect manners to put him off for good.

Dec 122016
 

Two parties will often heatedly dispute a fact which, if it could be definitely established, would change the opinion of neither.