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A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.
Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying, It got lost, and say, I lost it.
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