In an age of total spiritual collapse, “clean your room” starts to sound like profound, life-giving wisdom.
The hymen is Nature’s freshness seal.
How to tell if you’re good looking or charming: do you catch flack on the Internet for saying things you routinely get away with in real life?
The poor distinguish themselves by ostentation, the rich by thrift.
It’s crazy how people don’t think in terms of true and false anymore. It’s always racist and non-racist, sexist and non-sexist, homophobic and tolerant, extremist and moderate. Can something be both racist and true? Is it possible that the extremists are right? Such questions would cause serious cognitive dissonance in not a few people.
We go through life really only noticing those who are similar to us. The rest are practically invisible. It is kind of like how different radio signals can occupy the same space without interference.
There are questions that are more like assertions.
Evil never goes very far without some moral pretext to justify it.
An IQ of 135 is the point where people are capable of being autodidacts. This is also where people seem to be able to think for themselves instead of just regurgitating the ideas of the environment they happen to belong to—an original person instead of a copy of a copy. Beyond 135, things get dicier. There are probably benefits to it; at the same time, many extreme outliers are brain fried, like an overclocked PC.
Both low-IQ people and high-IQ people are willing to think for themselves: one of the many interesting similarities between these two groups.
To recognize when you’re explaining too much or not explaining enough, when your writing is too abstract or not abstract enough, when your writing is too polished or not polished enough.
Some writing is obscure because it is too abstract, as in the case of the Upanishads, etc. Other writing is obscure because it is too concrete, as in the case of allegories and myths.
An idiomatic expression is a kind of hieroglyph.
Don’t use the passive voice, avoid abstractions, avoid idioms, keep it professional, use synonyms to create variation, and other terrible advice people keep on repeating.
The art of writing is exactly the sort of thing everyone has an opinion about.
All marketing is some version of the following: This one simple trick will totally save you from the weakness, evil, and suffering inseparable from the human condition.
Yesterday’s artists had technical skill but lacked a coherent worldview. Today’s artists lack both.
Considering yourself to be a good person is the root of all obnoxiousness.
The artistic aim to write sentences like Doric columns.
The classic is that which endures.
Women want to swallow—when you’re alpha. They want to be choked out and degraded—when you’re alpha. Betas, of course, need not apply. Then it’s unthinkable and disgusting. It is similar to how most men would willingly lick the butthole of a 9/10, but only a handful of deviants would consent to licking the butthole of a 6/10.
It’s relatively easy to write a book, pretty hard to get people to read it, and next to impossible to get people to pay money to read it. Words are cheap but attention is expensive.
Having opinions about everything sucks the joy out of life and makes you unlikable to boot.
Bad advice is not nearly as harmful as is generally supposed. People don’t take advice—good or bad.
Classical liberalism says the individual is the basic social unit; traditionalism says the family; authoritarianism says the people.
Cowardice inspires many virtues; courage inspires many vices.
Style is the better part of substance.