An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
And so I’m saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now.
To me history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.
It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Women ought to be fully guarded by law in all rights of property, labor, profession, etc.; but, roughly stated, the voting population ought to represent the fighting population.
The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?
Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it.
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.