Good manners consists in asking quiet people why they won’t talk and not asking noisy ones why they won’t shut up.
It was a distinctively contemporary utopia, a world in which one was never contradicted.
Journalists, Kraus said, are writers who do not understand their subject — for which their remedy is to read each other assiduously.
Successful pedagogy requires the right students; successful governance, the right populace.
No one wants more common sense: most think they have a full measure; a few that they have a finer, uncommon sense to make up for its lack.
The modern tragedy is that the procedures that revolutionized science happen to be disastrous when applied anywhere else.
The twin tragedies of pedagogy: talent without application, and application without talent.
The cure for any political ideology is to live under it for a while.
There is nothing too profound for the right interpreter to grind into banality.
It is because we always begin with the conclusion that we ever get anywhere.