"The war on terror, I believe, will be waged by effective intelligence and police work and cruise missiles."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Michael Mandelbaum on Albert Einstein
"If architecture is, as is sometimes said, music set in concrete, then football and basketball may be said to be creativity embodied in team sports."
"The great thing about baseball is the causality is easy to determine and it always falls on the shoulders of one person. So there is absolute responsibility. That's why baseball is psychologically the cruelest sport and why it really requires psychological resources to play baseball - because you have to learn to live with failure."
"In my experience, it's not just that serious books get a hearing on comedy shows. But serious books get a serious hearing, as well as a funny one, on comedy shows."
"Words matter, especially words defining complicated political arrangements, because they shape perceptions of the events of the past, attitudes toward policies being carried out in the present, and expectations about desirable directions for the future."
"After all, the past is our only real guide to the future, and historical analogies are instruments for distilling and organizing the past and converting it to a map by which we can navigate."