Ugliness, incompetence, immaturity: these have become ideologies — no longer failures but ends in themselves.
A better version of oneself will be someone else.
Most of the enlistees in a struggle against oppression regard it merely as a struggle for spoils; the rest are insane.
Accidents happen not when alarms fail to go off, but when they go off too often.
What schoolteachers like to call problems are in fact exercises. Avoiding exercises is an example of a real problem.
Small advances come from fixing what’s broken, great ones from breaking what’s fixed.
There are ways to praise a book that discourage reading it.
Noble deeds, performed without regard for reputation or reward, would be more common if there was just some way to get the word out.
You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.
To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.