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Business is more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind more continuously, and more deeply.
—Bagehot

Feb 252020
 

Many academic fields are barren, most because there are no truths to discover, not a few because the practitioners are too dull to discover them.

Feb 142020
 

One may judge the esteem in which informants are held by comparing whistle-blower, on the one hand, with rat, nark, squealer, tattle-tale, stool-pigeon, fink, canary, and snitch, on the other.

Jan 302020
 

There are people who ask strangers and bare acquaintances impertinent questions as if they were entitled to an answer. Sometimes they turn professional, and become journalists.

Jan 222020
 

The critic’s indispensable service is not to praise greatness, which makes its own way in the world, but to refrain from praising mediocrity, which requires his assistance.

Nov 142019
 

It has always conferred status to consume tax revenue, and opprobrium to produce it.

Nov 132019
 

Everyone is in favor of upward social mobility; the other direction is more controversial.

Oct 242019
 

There is in America an unbridgeable psychological divide, made manifest every April 15th, between those who receive checks from the government and those who write them.

Sep 202019
 

It is the quack, needing protective coloration, who affirms most zealously the principles of his profession.