One may judge the esteem in which informants are held by comparing whistle-blower, on the one hand, with rat, nark, squealer, tattle-tale, stool-pigeon, fink, canary, and snitch, on the other.
Witch-hunts work especially well among people who are too sophisticated to believe in witches.
The best way to die is all at once.
Declaring victory in an argument is the infallible sign that you have lost.
People used to say, not long ago, that they didn’t want to be labeled. It seems so quaint.
The price of writing for one audience is the others.
Identity is a checklist. If you check certain boxes you will be expected to check others, and individuality is demonstrated by checking a few boxes from the wrong column.
We venerate artists who die too young to answer questions.
It is always important, in evaluating a policy, to consider how many people you will have to kill to implement it.
There’s nothing wrong with narcissism that better narcissists can’t fix.