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Quips

Random shit I’ve written or said over the years, and some stuff I like:

“Never deny hope to anyone, it might be all they have.” [my father reminds me]

“People don’t get the politics they deserve: people get the politics they believe in.”

“Blaming the system exonerates too many assholes.”

“Politics frustrates and may punish those who’d rather work than promote.”

“Make law for criminals and eventually everyone becomes criminalized.”

“Regulation begets rent seeking.”

“Making private activity illegal gives law reason to violate privacy.”

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808–90)

Who says organization, says oligarchy. Robert Michels (1876–1936)

“I’ll protect you, fair maiden!”
Uhura: “Sorry, neither.”

…the enormous condescension of posterity. E P Thomson (1924–93)

May you live in interesting times. — old curse

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money. Samuel Johnson (1709–84)

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. G K Chesterton (1874–1936)

The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle. John Ruskin (1819–1900)

“Grinding away euphemism one metaphor at a time.”

“Steeped in ambiguity and simmered until tender.”

We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. Richard Dawkins

“You lost me from go.”

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