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Suicidal terrorists may have short shelf lives.
– John McCarthy
He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
If a person can be said to have the wrong attitude, there is no need to pay attention to his arguments.
When I see a slippery slope, my instinct is to build a terrace.
A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest.
Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor.
Hardly anyone has noticed that in the Northern Hemisphere people stir their drinks counterclockwise, whereas the same people stir their drinks clockwise when visiting the Southern Hemisphere.
Once a person has killed other people on behalf of an ideology, he becomes rather devoted to it.
Don’t try to talk anyone out of concentrating his hatred on Ayn Rand or any other dead person. It can’t harm the dead. Diverted to a living person, it might actually do harm.
Inside of many liberals is a fascist struggling to get out.
Hard distinctions make bad philosophy.
Compassion is contempt with a human face.
In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated.
Language is froth on the surface of thought.
The difference between a contemporary liberal and a socialist is that to a liberal the most beautiful word in the English language is ‘forbidden’, whereas to a socialist the most beautiful word is ‘compulsory’.
The slogan was ‘Don’t trust anyone over thirty’. Sixty years later the slogan became, ‘Don’t trust anyone over ninety’.
With no more than six levels of misquotation, any statement can be made to say whatever you wish.
Asking a critic to name his favorite book is like asking a butcher to name his favorite pig.
His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web.
Of course, Third World leaders love you. By ascribing third world ills to First World sins, you absolve them of blame for their countries’ failure to advance.
Never abandon a theory that explains something until you have a theory that explains more.
My hobby of not attending meetings about recycling saves more energy than your hobby of recycling.
Slogans rarely convince the unconvinced. However, they do rally the troops already on your side.
It is said that man doesn’t live by bread alone. Sometimes this is unfortunate, because people who cannot live by bread alone too often kill other people in consequence of the fights they get into.
Proposals to forbid golf courses have about the same motivations as proposals to forbid skate boarding, although the rationalizations are different.
My opinion is that he’s a swindler and you’re a sucker.