If you forgive me my moronic beliefs I’ll forgive you yours.
Because None of Them Do
“Everybody knows” is a short path to tyranny.
Square That Circle
You want more people to think outside the box? I’d be content for more people to think inside the box.
One of these days someone predicting the end of the world will be absolutely correct.
And They’re the Last to Know
People who think they can control everything don’t make good leaders, because they think they can control everything.
And Wear Galoshes
Participate in politics if you must, and be assured you must, but stand outside yourself and watch with a wary eye.
It’s Not Complicated
If a man of any stripe says he wants to kill you, show him the courtesy of believing him.
Protest Too Much
Show me a person who says he doesn’t care “what people think” and I will show you a person who without a doubt cares what people think.
Fools and Fascists
It is better to consider other peoples’ views and be thought a fascist than to cancel them and remove all doubt.
The primary mission of any bureaucracy is survival, and its main goal is perpetuation.
Some problems do solve themselves.
How It Works
We are saved not by the grace we receive but by the grace we show.
Signs of the Times
When politicians or preachers start talking about unity, you start stuffing your money into an old mattress.
Hype is the process of convincing others. Overhype is the process for convincing ourselves.
For Preachers and Politicians
Jesus may have talked about money but he didn’t presume to direct where it should go.
I Object, Your Honor!
In my view of reality, there is objective truth.
Rioters do not need a reason, all they need is an excuse.
If you think the problem is always the “other side”, it is a good indication that the problem is you.
But It Makes a Great Slogan
Innovation cannot be produced. It cannot be encouraged. It can only be allowed.
Oh Stop It!
Lack of omniscience is not proof of negligence. Fallibility is not liability.
To Tell the Truth
Lies of necessity diminish. Lies of convenience destroy.
That’s Why They’re Called Celebrities
Mistakes are life. Denying mistakes is human. Celebrating mistakes we leave to movie stars and politicians.
The future of humanity is not in its past. The essence of man is not in his suffering.
First World Problems
There is one thing worse than hearing spoiled people complain about minor hardships. It is the sound they make patting themselves on the back for their heroism in enduring them.
You can’t take it with you. Not even toilet paper.
There is sometimes a fine line between persuasion and manipulation. Find it.
One Man’s Trash …
What you see as inconsistency in another person may be a lack of understanding in you. If another’s argument appears wrong to you always remember that the wrong can be found in either of two places.
If you are trying to solve a problem you won’t pick scapegoats. If you pick scapegoats, you aren’t trying to solve the problem.
A debate with no debate is no debate.
And It’s Still Wrong
There is always a good reason for doing the wrong thing.
Slam dunks do not win basketball games and hot takes do not win arguments. Why do you understand the former and not the latter?
There is no art without craft, just as there is no house without workmanship.
Not every job worth doing is worth doing well, and a wise man chooses his battles carefully.
Money can’t buy happiness but it can fix some of the things that get in the way.
Life is messy. Every moral question is on a sliding scale and sometimes where we draw the lines is arbitrary, but draw the lines we must.
Every human action involves a trade-off.
And It is Still Evil
Genocide is natural and authentic. And GMO free, too!
What Others Think
Every sane person cares what other people think about him, and even the mentally ill are mildly curious.
The Limits of Intelligence
Human intelligence is sometimes good at reasoning from premises but no help at all in defining the premises.
The smaller the organization the greater the tyrant.
Run from those who deny reality almost as fast as from those who claim it for themselves.
Cynicism is a legitimate defense against totalitarianism and an honest man values his detractors.
Thou Shalt Not …
Thou shalt not improve the image; rather, improve the product.
Thou shalt not make your employees feel valuable; rather, recognize their value.
Thou shalt not set an example or be a role model; rather, be a good person.
Thou shalt not show compassion; rather, be compassionate.
Golden Rule Addendum, with apologies
Treating others as you want to be treated doesn’t mean treating them as they want to be treated.
Creativity is pressed out of agony and loneliness and is one of the rarest rivers in the world. It flows from hidden places and cannot be taught or enhanced other than by appreciating it when it appears.
There is no such thing as an erroneous fact. There is a fact that you believe and there is a fact that you do not believe. But regardless, it is a fact.
There is no one rule that fits every situation in life. That is why they shouldn’t be called rules.
Saving the World
No one person can change the world and the planet doesn’t need saving, and it is abusive to teach children that they can or it does.
Pedantry cannot be taught.
Language and Logic
Use logic in your language, it shapes your thinking. Avoid the false conditional. Whether the coat is in the closet doesn’t depend on your looking for it.