Our age, for all its weakness, reigns unchallenged in calumny and vitriol: no Mirabeaus, few Robespierres, and everywhere Marats.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
A reader more intelligent than the writer will read more than the writer intended, a reader less intelligent will read less, and a reader equally intelligent will read something entirely different.
An aphorism should look wrong to half its readers and obvious to the other half.
To write, to attempt to bring a stranger to one’s view by words alone, shows the deepest faith in human nature: the confirmed skeptic becomes a devout missionary when he puts it on the page.
Biography is open to any writer who possesses industry without talent. If he also lacks industry, there is memoir.
The shorter you write, the less you lie.
Never use five words where none will do.
We are apt to imagine software as scaling indefinitely, which it does not, because we think of it as a form of writing, which does.
The power of a word lies in what it suggests, not what it means.
The shortest way to be original is to tell the truth.