Your terrible secret is that you have no terrible secret.
Gore your own ox.
Men can always be found to do the king’s bidding without asking so much as the king’s shilling in return.
It takes half a lifetime to learn to read slowly.
The least forgiving pedant is the kindergartener in possession of a new fact.
The successful liar is never forgiven for showing us how tawdry the stories are in which we are eager to believe.
The magic of compound interest, natural selection, and many other misunderstood phenomena is the simple algorithm, iterated indefinitely.
The historian imagines leaders who move nations by themselves, as the physicist imagines spherical cows of uniform density.
Legality is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Where ideas compete freely, the prettiest win.