“Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first.”
“More than two years ago, soon after Donald Trump entered the presidential race, I noted online that no one like him—with no political, military, judicial, or public-service experience, with no known expertise on policy matters, with a trail of financial and personal complications—had ever before become president. Therefore, I said, it wasn’t going to happen this time. Quite obviously that was wrong. Penitent and determined to learn from my errors, I’ve avoided any predictions involving Trump and his circles ever since.”
“When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”.
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands”.
Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1891
“I’m trying to avoid the conclusion that we’ve become Nicaragua.”
General Michael Hayden, former head of the NSA and the CIA, quoted in the New Yorker.
“Analogies decide nothing, but they make one feel more at home.”
“Decisions are made by people who have time, not people who have talent.”
“Increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that’s out there.”
Barack Obama in his farewell speech, Chicago, 10 January 2017.