We are subject, when we change our mind, to exactly the same errors as when we make it up in the first place.
Error is boundless.
Nor hope nor doubt,
Though both be groundless,
Will average out.
Public acknowledgement of error is almost entirely for show. It has no point unless you reexamine the habits of thought that produced the error, which is best done in private.
Of all discourse, only debate binds its participants, by rule and in advance, to a position that they must defend throughout. It is the formal expression of our worst tendencies.
The desires to have one’s work understood, and oneself understood, are nearly opposite, and ought not to share a verb.
When a man hears voices, they are never in doubt.
We complain to the gods that they don’t exist.
One ought to be exercised about injustice for the bad, but not inordinately.
We believe only what we can afford, and our stupid or vicious beliefs usually come cheap.
We are sometimes deceived that muddy waters run deep, more often that clear waters run shallow.
When there are two opposed opinions, each widely held, the truth generally lies on a large ellipse with those two points as the foci.