Everything – Page 10 – A book of aphorisms
Feb 102021
 

Analogously to Benford’s Law, 90% of the annotations in a used book occur in the first twenty pages.

Feb 092021
 

The good are not holy, and the holy are not good.

Feb 052021
 

There is no institution, save the state itself, that guards free expression, and all such self-appointed guardians inevitably become enforcers of orthodoxy.

Feb 042021
 

Munitions manufacturers exist because we want to war; cigarette manufacturers because we want to smoke; and manufacturers of lies and imbecilities because we want to believe them.

Feb 032021
 

If you must have the last word, it’s because you need it, and if you need it, it won’t help.

Feb 022021
 

We smile at Aristotle for imbuing stones with agency, and ascribing to their affinity for the earth the effects of gravity; yet language almost compels us, when we speak of inanimate objects, to imply the same thing.

Feb 012021
 

To argue with one’s political opponents is neither effective nor satisfying. It is more satisfying to insult and rage at them, and more effective to libel and report them.