A name can confirm understanding, or confound it, but never confer it.
Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
Positivism, n. A philosophy that makes one less and less positive.
Complexity, randomness, inspiration, unconscious process — we bestow names as if they conferred understanding.
The only way to escape the thrall of a philosopher is to read him.
A surprisingly common tactic of philosophers is to solve their problem by denying that it exists: thus Parmenides on change, Berkeley on the external world, Dennett on qualia, or Rand on conflicts of interest. It works, if what you want is less correctness than renown.
If you want to argue better, get better arguments.
A new idea is almost always false, and persecuted with special zeal when it happens to be true.
Natura non facit saltus, perhaps; but thought makes nothing else.
It is possible to oppose, in private, absurdities to which one is obliged to show fealty in public, but easier just to start believing them.
Endlessly we subdivide, periodize, punctuate — hours and minutes and seconds, phylum and family, genus and species, molecule and atom, hadron and quark, ancient and medieval and modern. Continuity surrounds us; yet we cannot abide it, can scarcely believe in it.