Jan 192018
 

The stupid kids turned out to be not quite as stupid as we thought, and the smart kids nowhere near as smart.

Jan 182018
 

There is a level of generality — the airport-book level — on which every thesis is exactly as plausible as its opposite.

Jan 172018
 

We say that the perfect is the enemy of the good when we mean that the adequate is the enemy of the shoddy.

Jan 162018
 

The greater good is distant and speculative: the lesser evil required to achieve it is immediate and certain.

Jan 152018
 

Understanding looks, to others, like forgiveness; and forgiveness, to oneself, like understanding.

Jan 122018
 

No complicated idea has ever had much influence in the world.

Jan 102018
 

What you call hypocrisy I call hedging against the possibility that one’s beliefs are in error.

Jan 092018
 

The cheap stuff is far more agreeable than the idea of buying it.

Jan 082018
 

It seems increasingly doubtful that class participation should ever have been encouraged.