• "It is a safe rule to apply that, when a mathematical or philosophical author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense."

    -A.N. Whitehead

  • "That's like asking me 'if a frog was a number, would it be divisible?'"
  • -Tyler Burge

  • “To get an education, you’re probably going to have to fight against the institution that you find yourself in — no matter how prestigious it may be. (in fact, the more prestigious the school, the more you’ll probably have to push).”
  • -Mark Edmundson quoted in Excellent Sheep

  • "You should bleed [when writing a thesis]"

    -Mark Halpern

  • “One of the paradoxes of advice seems to be that those most likely to be asked for it are least likely to have taken anyone else’s”

    -Agnes Callard

  • “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

    -Adam Smith

  • “[She’s] not so pretty so as to be morally deformed by it”

    -Jonathan Franzen

  • “No, he is not tactful; yet, have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time—beautiful?”

    -E.M. Forster

  • “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare”

    -Spinoza

  • “Pretty girls don’t know the things that I know”

    -Ella Yelich-O'Connor

  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool”

    -Richard Feynman

  • “It can be interesting to study ancient philosophy, but more as a kind of accident report than to teach you anything useful”

    -Paul Graham

  • “Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally”

    -J.M. Keynes

  • “Compared to what?”

    -any economist

  • "Irony is the opiate of the elites"

    -Hnau