At the beginning of civilization we hate and fear the alien; at its height we study and attempt to understand him; and in its dotage we accept and support him, and at the end prefer him to our own.
When I was young, I regarded argument as a path to truth, later as a harmless vice, and finally as a positive plague.
A two-dollar word will also debit two dollars from your account when you use it incorrectly.
What we call rule by out-of-touch elites was known in the 19th century as civil service reform, and if Plunkitt of Tammany Hall were alive today, he would have every reason to feel vindicated.
We have won, at long last, the means and opportunity to make ourselves over completely, according to our own desires — and look around.
Whatever the corrupt practice, everyone does not do it, and to say everyone does is a vicious attempt to wipe from existence those who do not.
Hatred, at a very high pitch, becomes a difference not of degree but of kind — a second order, where one hates not just the object but anyone who likes it.
Certainty, n. The desperate expedient to which we are driven by the necessity to act.
Disinformation used to be false.
There is only one way to get rich from holding office.