Writing and computer programming are usually done worse when they are done for money.
Business is more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind more continuously, and more deeply.
It is the quack, needing protective coloration, who affirms most zealously the principles of his profession.
Journalists used to be raffish and amusing liars, and they are no longer raffish or amusing.
The best places don’t let people in, and the worst don’t let them out.
It is crime, of all fields, that most attracts the woefully underqualified.
Dressing for success is a cargo cult.
A bureaucracy, like a garage, should be hosed down periodically, to dislodge the stray bits of power accumulating in its crevices and corners like dust and dirt.
The idea that smoke implies fire cannot survive a professional class of industrious smoke merchants.
The common enemy that cements the bonds of the squadron in war is, in theory, the opposing army; in practice it is the brass.
As a competent worker will be promoted into incompetence, so a valuable method or technique will infiltrate disciplines in which it is useless or harmful.