A dangerous idea must be, if not true, at least plausible.
No conversation has ever been preceded by a demand for one.
Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.
The world will end; and, tragically, no one will survive to say I told you so.
The argument is for feeling good about the invective, and the invective is for feeling good about oneself.
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.