Men want most to be useful, but will settle, if thwarted, for destructive.
Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.
Having got this world for free, we expect to pay dearly for the next.
Everyone says what he would never do, and no one knows it.
Flawlessness is a trivial quality in a work of art.
Most write to make themselves heard; I write to shut others up.
Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.
Problem, n. In mathematics: A problem. In social science: A state of affairs with which one is unhappy.
The end of civilization will likely not be preceded by general alarm over civilization’s impending end.
Problematic, against all odds, has become a useful word, as a sign to stop reading.