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.
What is worth reading is worth reading esoterically.
No matter how the world appears to be improving, it always feels like it’s falling apart.
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.
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.
To want your name known is innocuous, even healthy. To want your face known is when sickness sets in.
Every group exists by discriminating, and every campaign against its discrimination is a campaign against the group.
One must read widely to discover the few books to read deeply.
To portray competence in detail requires a genius; to portray genius in detail requires a god.
“Mind-work” is generally more mindless than “hand-work”, and the conceit of the clerks only underlines the fact.