Everyone is secretly pleased to be charged with elitism, and when the charge is denied it is with the aim of confirming its justice.
Humanity is forever in the grip of various mass hysterias, like little puddles of mimetic polyalloy, which occasionally gather themselves together, and then you have Terminator 2.
The difference between English and American governance is that everyone knows the Queen is a figurehead.
Law of Insufficient Time: It’s always later than you think, even after accounting for the Law of Insufficient Time.
What is praise for the living but the wistful hope that someday, somehow, it will be requited?
There will always be witches, because there will always be witch-hunters to supply them.
Humanity will extinguish itself not by suicide, which is too dignified, but by accident, a household mishap like swallowing paint thinner, on a planetary scale.
Inequality is the one unforgivable heresy, and all the conventional pieties conspire to disguise its existence.
Some men feed on opprobrium: the scorn of the crowd assures them of their own unbending integrity.
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.