• "A 'bigoteer': someone who seeks to profit from calling other people bigots, whether it be sexist, racist, etc."
  • "Guilt is society programming you so effectively that you are your own warden."
  • “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
  • "The highest form of status is to not care."
  • “Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.”
  • "If you wanted to create a mental setting for slaves, you would convince them that today doesn't matter.  They're always working for tomorrow."
  • "'Consensus' is just another way of saying 'average'."
  • "The smart take from the strong."
  • "A hard-working person is often too busy to spot what's really significant."
  • "Tyranny is an informal alliance between the elites and a mob."
  • "They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom."
  • “You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling the slightest amount of guilt.”
  • "An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town."
  • "Whenever the word 'should' creeps up in your mind, it’s guilt or social programming. Doing something because you 'should' basically means you don’t actually want to do it."
  • "We have been conditioned to prove our worth by enduring pain."
  • "For a healthy society: free markets, free minds."
  • "It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
  • “Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.”
  • "iPhones are here to distract us from how old everything is getting."
  • "She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of plain good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly."
  • "All systems insulated from feedback from free markets or natural forces eventually get corrupted."
  • "The desire to control other people - always for the greater good - is the root of evil."
  • "Only in recent history has 'working hard' signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse, and, mostly, sprezzatura."
  • "It's tough to fight your genes."
  • "If we take man as he is, we make you worse, but if we take man, as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be."
  • "'No' is a complete sentence."