The illusion it affords of objectivity is conversion’s great appeal: the convert, though once a fanatic, has learned his lesson, and today’s belief is informed exclusively by a sober consideration of its merits.
Quotation device, n. A man whose memory surpasses his wit; whose conversation consists largely or exclusively of other people’s words. Cf. citation device.
No one holds humanity in higher regard than he holds himself.
There is a certain type of purveyor of ideas, too stupid to be anything but candid, which makes him useful, like the canary in a coal mine.
I would far rather be ruled by the football team than the computer club, let alone the debate team, student government, or model U.N.
Our politics is what we call the violence we wish to visit on our fellows and lack the strength and courage to undertake personally: a neatly-bound, clearly-labeled package of all our worst impulses.
The only difference between utopia and dystopia is that utopia is nowhere and dystopia is everywhere.
If you want something done right, get someone to do it who knows how.
Today’s politics has no Lenins, and few Stalins, but oh so many Kerenskys.
Every attack in the history of thought on the possibility of knowledge has been in service of beliefs that knowledge, were it possible, would immediately expose as false.