War’s more momentum than strategy, more luck than skill, more checkers than chess.
No one’s his own worst critic, least of all those who claim to be.
Strength of character is basically the number of things you can say “No” to.
Lying is a form of theft. [ . . . ] Read More
To have one influence is plagiarism, to have ten is creativity.
You’ll stop being used when you stop being useful.
No one’s screwed up his life so badly he feels unqualified to give advice.
Schopenhauer’s essays are long but concise, because each of his sentences is jam-packed with meaning. On the other hand, a BuzzFeed article is short but long-winded, because it is mindless. [ . . . ] Read More
Thinkers admire doers; doers rarely reciprocate.
If all your opinions are promoted by all the people who make all the decisions all the time, you’re probably not the rebel you think you are.
Just because you’re poor, unsuccessful, weak, and unlikable doesn’t mean you’re not a self-made man.
Logic is just the morality of thinking. [ . . . ] Read More
Stupid people can’t laugh without being obnoxious, can’t eat without smacking their lips, can’t respond to a question without first repeating it back to you, can’t speak without shouting, can’t sleep without snoring, can’t read without subvocalizing, can’t think without saying “umm” and “ahh,” indeed can’t do anything without making unnecessary noise.
Simple ideas catch on, simple language is moving, simple machines don’t break down, simple organisms survive, simple people endure.
A piece of writing succeeds when the reader can get to the end of it before he regrets having started. [ . . . ] Read More
How is it that people can study philosophy for four years—study Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Plato, etc.—and still graduate with the same gay liberal worldview they started with?
Traits such as kindness, intelligence, humour, etc., matter to women on the condition that she’s already sexually attracted to you, just as zeros increase the absolute value of an integer on the condition that they appear to the right of it.
Being busy is a status symbol. [ . . . ] Read More