We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.