Everything – Page 180 – A book of aphorisms
Feb 202017

You are an ideologue if your views can be inferred from your vocabulary.

Feb 172017

Writers can write nonsense without ill effect. It is when readers put up with, then expect, and finally demand it that civilization ends.

Feb 162017

Elite political opinion is influential because it is believed to be. When the belief disappears, so does the influence.

Feb 152017

You can have nice things, or you can let everybody use them.

Feb 142017

Knowing that we are not well, we hastily conclude that we are ill.

Feb 132017

To lose one’s money folly used to be enough; today it also requires ambition.

Feb 102017

Great innovations appear made by many simultaneously, because we consign to obscurity anyone more than a week or two ahead of his time.

Feb 092017

Your counterexample is my special circumstance in which the stipulated conditions do not obtain.

Feb 082017

The medieval church had a juster claim as guardian of the life of the mind than the contemporary university.