Everything – Page 3 – A book of aphorisms
Oct 282022

Language becomes hackneyed by always being placed in the same sterile surroundings, not by any fault of its own. Dead phrases can be revivified by bashing them against each other in a novel way, like rubbing sticks together to make a fire.

Oct 262022

No matter how the world appears to be improving, it always feels like it’s falling apart.

Oct 252022

Every regime, in every era, has installed incompetents in positions of high responsibility and authority; it is our unique distinction to do so on high principle.

Oct 242022

We often profess ourselves baffled by exceptionally bad behavior, though with a little reflection we could readily understand it. Incomprehension becomes our talisman, lest if we understood more, we might resist less.

Oct 212022

To want your name known is innocuous, even healthy. To want your face known is when sickness sets in.

Oct 202022

Every group exists by discriminating, and every campaign against its discrimination is a campaign against the group.

Oct 192022

One must read widely to discover the few books to read deeply.

Oct 182022

To portray competence in detail requires a genius; to portray genius in detail requires a god.

Oct 172022

“Mind-work” is generally more mindless than “hand-work”, and the conceit of the clerks only underlines the fact.