Everything – Page 216 – A book of aphorisms
Jan 112013
 

Your terrible secret is that you have no terrible secret.

Jan 092013
 

Men can always be found to do the king’s bidding without asking so much as the king’s shilling in return.

Jan 082013
 

It takes half a lifetime to learn to read slowly.

Jan 072013
 

The least forgiving pedant is the kindergartener in possession of a new fact.

Jan 042013
 

The successful liar is never forgiven for showing us how tawdry the stories are in which we are eager to believe.

Jan 032013
 

The magic of compound interest, natural selection, and many other misunderstood phenomena is the simple algorithm, iterated indefinitely.

Jan 022013
 

The historian imagines leaders who move nations by themselves, as the physicist imagines spherical cows of uniform density.

Jan 012013
 

Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.