marginalia

in the margin

"Homo sapiens [are] a tiny twig on an improbable branch of a contingent limb on a fortunate tree."

in the margin

"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion."

in the margin

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

in the margin

"A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."

in the margin

"If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they're happy."

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