On Writing

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”

-William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”

-William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”

-William Shakespeare, Hamlet


On Litigation

“The best fighter is never angry.”

-Lao Tzu

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Who wishes to fight must first count the cost.”

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.”

―Sun Tzu

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

-Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”

-Richard Feynman

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”

-Abraham H. Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

“Never confuse movement with action.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

-Lao Tzu

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

-Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night


On Fraud

“Lying is a cooperative act. A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance. Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.”

-Pamela Meyer

“One may outwit another, but not all the others.”

-François de La Rochefoucauld

“Honesty is a very expensive gift, don’t expect it from cheap people.”

-Warren Buffet

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”

-Walter Scott, Marmion

“The thief and the liar are happy for only the first year.”

-Greek proverb