A man’s belief system is a miracle of construction, apparently rickety and jerry-built, yet sturdy enough to withstand the introduction of a new fact or idea without being altered or disturbed.
Hate is the most unjustly maligned emotion, and love the most unjustly celebrated.
First you remain silent in the face of absurdities, then you utter them, and finally you believe them,
Voting, like tattoos, diverts the urge toward self-expression from more noisome forms like speech.
Hating the people you disagree with is harmless; it’s liking the ones you agree with that’s dangerous.
There are two kinds of governments: those, like absolute monarchies, that tell their subjects frankly who rules them; and those, like democracies, that lie about it.
No matter how bad your argument is, you can be sure it’s not original.
Hidden depths are only unrecorded thoughts, which have ceased to exist.
Many social institutions, like religion, work best when no one knows quite how.
We police others’ moods even more strictly than we police their thoughts.