We glimpse ourselves only when we gaze at something else.
Public schooling profits only that narrow band of students, neither clever nor dim, from which all future public schoolteachers will be drawn.
State terror denotes resistance: eventually it can be dispensed with.
The rulers, the ruled, and the theoreticians of rule alike always interest themselves more in who shall rule than how.
We say of posthumously venerated figures that they waited generations or centuries to receive their due. It does not occur to us that they may have deserved their earlier neglect, and that it is we who have been taken in.
Orthodoxy’s palace guard paints and probably sees itself as an embattled and powerless minority, defending unpopular truths without fear or favor.
To the vicious cant of equal result is opposed the vaguer, more plausible, and still more vicious cant of equal opportunity.
What’s the alternative? Nothing. Nothing is always the alternative. Usually it is the best alternative.
To be great is to be misunderstood; but to affirm the consequent is rather more common.
The man at pains to conceal his enviable qualities will be envied for his modesty.