…in no particular order.
“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
-George Bernard Shaw
Only two things are certain: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
“You can sugar-coat a poison pill, but it’ll still kill you. By the way, let me know if you want to go that way.”
-Dale Gribble, on King of the Hill
“Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”
“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.”
“The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”
– James D. Nicoll
“It is hard to believe a man is telling you the truth when you know you would lie if you were in his place.”
– H. L. Mencken
“A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.”
“When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him.”
In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged.
— Bertrand Russell