The opposite of madness is consensus.
Doubt the tale while you live it, lest you fall
Victim to its retrospective pall.
It is the disappearance of slavery in reality that has caused its profusion in metaphor.
The right way to take a remark that you are told not to take the wrong way is as the gross insult it always is.
Rhetoric, n. An argument that one is unwilling to believe and unable to refute. Cf. sophistry.
I often hear rumors of people with low self-esteem, and someday I hope to meet one.
There are born fools, but most of us have to work at it.
When we are exhorted to be practical, realistic, or grown-up, it is always in service of something hideous.
If it can be translated, it’s not literature.
Many nuisances, and not a few evils, ultimately trace to small groups of thoughtful, concerned citizens.