Everything – Page 20 – A book of aphorisms
Mar 052021
 

Inequality is the one unforgivable heresy, and all the conventional pieties conspire to disguise its existence.

Mar 042021
 

Some men feed on opprobrium: the scorn of the crowd assures them of their own unbending integrity.

Mar 032021
 

The illusion it affords of objectivity is conversion’s great appeal: the convert, though once a fanatic, has learned his lesson, and today’s belief is informed exclusively by a sober consideration of its merits.

Mar 022021
 

Quotation device, n.   A man whose memory surpasses his wit; whose conversation consists largely or exclusively of other people’s words. Cf. citation device.

Feb 262021
 

There is a certain type of purveyor of ideas, too stupid to be anything but candid, which makes him useful, like the canary in a coal mine.

Feb 252021
 

I would far rather be ruled by the football team than the computer club, let alone the debate team, student government, or model U.N.

Feb 242021
 

Our politics is what we call the violence we wish to visit on our fellows and lack the strength and courage to undertake personally: a neatly-bound, clearly-labeled package of all our worst impulses.