To encounter an author who writes of how things are is a great shock, from which we recover by disputing how he might wish them to be.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Pretentious nonsense is written in a certain unmistakable cadence, a low hum calculated to lull you into acquiescence through inattention. You’re not supposed to try too hard to piece the meaning together, and you are always sorry if you do.
The market is always rising for jeremiads on decline.
The Stages of Loss and Grief
1. People will understand you
2. People will understand your book
3. People will read your book
4. People will buy your book
Journalism enjoyed a unique sunlit holiday of public trust, beginning with Murrow and ending with Woodward and Bernstein, which evokes intense nostalgia in journalists of a certain age. The historical norm, to which we have now reverted, is No Confidence Whatsoever.
The translator before the text must choose, like the citizen before the law, to be faithful to its spirit or its letter.
One way to mark an important event is if the people who constantly opine in public suddenly have nothing to say.
No aphorism wants to be born a cliché; every aphorism wants to die one.
The cure for writer’s block is speaker’s block.
History has been written by the winners, as they were usually literate.