Everything – Page 140 – A book of aphorisms
Jan 202017

That anything is good should always be a surprise.

Jan 192017

Having forgotten how to ask after truth, we ask after sincerity.

Jan 182017

Crime committed on a large enough scale ceases to be criminal. It becomes business as usual, or Realpolitik, or statesmanship.

Jan 172017

We generally adopt a new opinion by persuading ourselves that we have always held it.

Jan 162017

Reputations are made, and unmade, but never remade.

Jan 132017

Major vices are too alien and fascinating to earn our unalloyed contempt; we reserve that for minor ones.

Jan 122017

An idea both novel and interesting is almost surely wrong.

Jan 112017

A career can be fashioned from a single idea. Two may be tolerated. Three or more are fatal.

Jan 102017

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt look like sound epistemic principles to me.

Jan 092017

When someone does not speak your language, raise your voice.