Themes

  • “The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.”
    ― Bertrand Russell
  • “A 99th percentile performance artist will struggle to make a living wage whereas a 25th percentile engineer will do just fine.”
    – E.P. Fox (2018)
  • Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
    – Ambrose Bierce
  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.
    – Thomas Sowell
  • If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
    – George Orwell
  • “Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
    ― attributed to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
    – George Orwell
  • There are about ten thousand trillion ants on the planet at this moment. The secret of their world-wide success is their highly social existence: “It would appear that socialism really works under some circumstances. Karl Marx just had the wrong species.”
    – Edward O. Wilson (1929 – )
  • Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
    -attributed to many
  • If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
    – Martin Luther King Jr., 1963

  • ”Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything”
    – J.K. Galbraith
  • Populism: Supporting the concerns of ordinary people. When people vote the way we want them to, it’s Democracy. When they don’t, it’s Populism.
    – Johnathan Pie (Tom Walker, British actor and comedian).
  • If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
    – Simon Kuper
  • Men test ideas; women test men.
  • Whatever doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had been more effective.
    – Mark Schulte
  • The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
    – George Orwell
  • The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
    – John Maynard Keynes
  • Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate.
  • Morality is about what’s good and what isn’t.
    – Prof. Jordan Peterson
  • Goodhart’s law, named after British economist Charles Goodhart (b. 1937): “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”
  • “In the beginning of the dynasty, great tax revenues were gained from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, small tax revenues were were gained from large assessments”
    – Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) Tunisian-born thinker
  • Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
    – Edmund Burke
  • Criticism in the universities, I’ll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It’s Stalinism without Stalin.
    – Harold Bloom
  • Do not ask whether a statement is true until you know what it means.
    – Errett Bishop (1928 – 1983)