“In short, it is your responsibility, men and women of the class of 2010, not just to be zealous in the pursuit of your ideals, but to be sure that your ideals are the right ones. That is perhaps the hardest part of being a good human being: Good intentions are not enough. Being a good person begins with being a wise person. Then, when you follow your conscience, will you be headed in the right direction.”

(from Justice Antonin Scalia’s 2010 commencement address at Langley High School, Virginia)

“I believe that you become married — truly married — slowly, over time, through all the road-rage incidents and precolonoscopy enemas, all the small and large moments that you never expected to happen and certainly didn’t plan to endure.”

(from Elizabeth Weil’s NYT article Married (Happily) with Issues)

“Nobody’s really loved for themselves. Are they? I mean, all love is projection. Think about it, I’m in your movie and you’re in mine, two different films really. We don’t really know each other; we just make a guess at knowing each other, right? I think the same is true about love.”

“I don’t procrastinate, I just like to do things later.”

“A little failure is good for you; gives your face some texture.”

“The best positive thinking in life is thinking of others.”

“It just seems so unfair that we can be turned off like a switch. Like we never lived. Like we never mattered.”

(quotes from George Christopher, a character played by Ted Danson in Bored to Death)

"The good teacher is a mysterious person, and yet we must know his character before we can prescribe his training. In my view, the good teacher is not distinguished by the breadth of his knowledge, by the lucidity of his exposition, or by the immediate reactions of his students. His fundamental task is not to dispense information, for in this role he is incomparably inferior to the written word. His task is to fan the spark of genuine intellectual curiosity and to instill the conscience of a scholar–to communicate the enormous adventure and the knightly conduct in the quest for knowledge… To this end, the fundamental requirements of the good teacher are competence (How can the incompetent be other than slovenly?) and intellectual vitality (How can the sedentary excite us to bold adventure?). These traits may be acquired by wide reading and deep reflection, without engaging in research and becoming a specialist. But it is an improbable event. It is improbable psychologically: it asks a man to have the energy to read widely and the intellectual power to think freshly, and yet to do no research. He is to acquire knowledge and construct ideas–and keep them a secret. It is improbable scientifically: it asks a man to be competent in his understanding of work that he has had no part in constructing. At least in economics, this is almost impossible. There is no book that states the consensus of the profession on the ideas that are changing–and these are naturally the most interesting ideas. Only the man who has tried to improve the ideas will know their strengths and weaknesses. Scholarship is not a spectator sport."

(From George Stigler (Nobel 1982) in The Intellectual and the Marketplace)