Everything – Page 10 – A book of aphorisms
Sep 062023

Complexity, randomness, inspiration, unconscious process — we bestow names as if they conferred understanding.

Sep 052023

Revolution is for an imagined future, and revolt, on which it depends, for an imagined past.

Sep 042023

To act requires a certain lack of imagination.

Aug 312023

“I’m not concerned about short-term fluctuations”: I have lost some money
“I’m in this for the long haul”: I am determined to lose a lot of money

Aug 302023

“If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?”
“Market failure.”

Aug 292023

Every accomplished torturer serves a long apprenticeship, beginning on insects, proceeding, if he shows sufficient relish, to small animals, and only then moving up to human beings.

Aug 282023

I can no longer read of an academic conference without thinking of the scene in Love and Death when Woody Allen and Diane Keaton bring their village idiot to a village idiots’ convention, where they are greeted by a huge banner reading WELCOME IDIOTS.