Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.

Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

The problem with intelligent design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet--a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's curriculum.

Socialism, born and raised in France, is unpersuasive even to the promiscuously persuadable French.

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible "lifestyles" turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind.

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.

Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.

Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life. Violence and committee meetings.

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.

We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.

Chicago Cubs fans are ninety percent scar tissue.

Baseball is Heaven's gift to mortals.