Weekend Woundup 6

All the tweetlike thoughts I've stumbled on recently and thought they'd look good on the sideblog.

The first words of wisdom are "I don't know".

The second are "And neither do you".

All political questions resolve to one: Are you on the side of the bully, or the victim?

There are those who state their principles clearly, and those who live by principles too unclear to state.

The former are harmless bores, the latter are the best and worst of people.

An authoritarian is someone who answers your question only to make you stop asking it.

when someone says they love you, they're trying to blackmail you into loving them - whether or not they do love you.

A 'Love Story' is a fiction where this coercion does not exist, and is always effective.

Love that dies is preferable to love that turns bitter.

It's easy for me to forgive others for being right. The hard thing is to forgive myself for being wrong.

Recognising that the establishment intellectuals are wrong does not entail believing the anti-establishment proletarians are right.

Socialists who are not proletarians lose nothing by failing to see this, so they often do fail even though they have a word for precisely this failure - workerism.

The moment someone describes their work as 'Subversive', it ceases to be so.

A one sided debate will only convince those who are already convinced.

When encountering a group: find the leader and assume they're incompetent until they prove otherwise. This saves time, as almost no leaders deserve their power.

The Encyclopedia of American Loons

"The Nice Must Go."
- Not Frank Herbert

"Don’t overestimate your reader’s knowledge and don’t underestimate their intelligence."
- Tim Radford

"You educate people by explaining complex ideas in a simple way, not by explaining simple ideas in a complex way"
- Ed Young

"Dignity isn't something that can be bestowed on another, it can only be taken away."
- PZ Myers

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."
- Mr Spock

"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird."
- Richard Feynmann

"You simply cannot solve problems that you do not want to identify."
- Dierdrie Walker

"There is a boy across the river
with an arse like a peach,
But alas, I cannot swim".
- The Wounded Heart, Afghan poem

"Secrets are only as secure as the least trusted person who knows them."
- Bruce Schneier

"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things."
- Herman Melville

"One Trot faction
Sitting in a hall
One Trot faction
Sitting in a hall
And if one Trot faction
Should have a nasty squall
There'll be two Trot factions
Sitting in a hall."
- Alex Kelly

"A is for Beginning"
- Paul Morley

"Beauty's where you find it."
- Madonna, Vogue

It may be true that we all have one good novel in us, but who's to say it's the one we write?

"The notion of objectively ordering works of art seems bizarre to me."
- Roger Ebert

"Something is missing."
- Paul Morley

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