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.