Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
—H L Mencken
Something for our politicians to think about.
We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg’s great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.
—Robert M. Hutchins
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves.
It’s better to burn out than to rust!
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.
How to Rob a Bank in Latin
Catapultum habeo. Nisi pecunium omnem mihi dabis ad caput tuum saxum inmane mitiam.
(I have a catapult. Give me all the money or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.)
— Unknown Author
“I’m not a Republican because I don’t make enough money to be that big of an asshole.”
“It’s the time you waste for them that makes a friend a friend, unique in all the world until the end.”
— Ted Sherman