Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best.
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
Partisanship is our great curse. We too readily assume that everything has two sides and that it is our duty to be on one or the other.
We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposed to rob us of their companionship.
American life is a powerful solvent. It seems to neutralise every intellectual element, however tough and alien it may be, and to fuse it in the native good-will, complacency thoughtlessness, and optimism.