Everything – Page 10 – A book of aphorisms
May 142021
 

It is a landmark in a writer’s career when he first finds his work put to purposes of which he does not approve.

May 132021
 

The punishment for a hit is to watch your aging audience stifle their boredom while they wait for you to play it, at every show, until you quit or die.

May 122021
 

The micromanager constantly remarks his hatred of micromanaging, as if he were driven to it, as a last resort, by the sheer fecklessness of his underlings.

May 102021
 

In less than two centuries communism has established itself as the apex predator on civilization, a killing machine: one admires it as one admires a hardy but lethal virus, or the great white shark.

May 072021
 

At the beginning of civilization we hate and fear the alien; at its height we study and attempt to understand him; and in its dotage we accept and support him, and at the end prefer him to our own.

May 062021
 

When I was young, I regarded argument as a path to truth, later as a harmless vice, and finally as a positive plague.

May 052021
 

A two-dollar word will also debit two dollars from your account when you use it incorrectly.

May 042021
 

What we call rule by out-of-touch elites was known in the 19th century as civil service reform, and if Plunkitt of Tammany Hall were alive today, he would have every reason to feel vindicated.

May 032021
 

We have won, at long last, the means and opportunity to make ourselves over completely, according to our own desires — and look around.