The inexperienced man trusts human beings; the experienced man trusts human nature. The inexperienced man finds common sense offensive and cruel; the experienced man knows the alternatives to common sense are crueler still. My latest for CiRCE is a series of proverbs about experience.
“I have been bad, but not as bad as that fellow” is something that fellow says all the time.
If man has no soul, giving gifts is nothing more than a slow form of suicide.
If you can’t say something nice, you’re probably trying to talk about the zeitgeist.
“Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”― Jacques Barzun
Never ask students to do work in pairs that they could easily do alone.
The really delightful thing about so many people running for president is the great bounty of schadenfreude we may enjoy when almost all of them lose.