A 3rd Museful Miscellany

The best literary translators are concerned not with the great amount that is lost in translation, but with the equally great amount that stands to be gained.

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I have noticed that the modern world is often most eager to categorize those individuals who most defy any easy categorization. As a rule, the less of a reductive cliché one is, the more clichés one is reduced to.

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The fact that an account isn't representative of everything does not mean it isn't representative of anything

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Proclamations of one's urge to save humanity are usually a false front for the urge to control one's fellow humans.

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Those who claim to judge others based on their intelligence typically have a very stupid idea of what intelligence actually is.

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You cannot institutionalize independent thinking

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It is often the establishment's greatest beneficiaries who stand to benefit the most by convincing others, and eventually themselves, that they are anti-establishment underdogs.

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The only moral response to “If you're not with me, you're against me” is “in that case, I'm against you”

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I have noticed for a long time that religious people have much greater clarity about the gods they don't believe in than the gods that they do.

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I have often noticed that what is called God's justice is typically a human's idea of what they would do if they were God.

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I have noticed two things about the antagonists in videogames: they are so good as to never give the hero a second break, yet so incompetent as to be thwarted at every turn.

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