There are ways to praise a book that discourage reading it.
Noble deeds, performed without regard for reputation or reward, would be more common if there was just some way to get the word out.
You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.
To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.
Confusion about pronouns and antecedents will be feminism’s enduring legacy.
Democracies are apt to take office for power, semblance for substance.
So many arguments won, and still no spoils.
In politics: We need X, therefore we must do Y. With equal logic, and more truth: We need to do Y, therefore X must become necessary.
Good governance is when the populace makes most of its own misery.
It is no harder to foresee the future than to construe the past.