That anything is good should always be a surprise.
Having forgotten how to ask after truth, we ask after sincerity.
Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.
We generally adopt a new opinion by persuading ourselves that we have always held it.
Reputations are made, and unmade, but never remade.
Major vices are too alien and fascinating to earn our unalloyed contempt; we reserve that for minor ones.
An idea both novel and interesting is almost surely wrong.
A career can be fashioned from a single idea. Two may be tolerated. Three or more are fatal.
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt look like sound epistemic principles to me.
When someone does not speak your language, raise your voice.