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regarding a student's question: "Here's how I'm going to respond to that: I'm gonna dodge it."
"As much fun as it is to speculate in the absence of data..."
about philosopher H.P. Grice: "The fact is that Grice is a genius and we are not, so he's probably right."
"No, I shouldn't say that, because I don't know what I'm talking about."
"The present queen of England is frumpy-looking..."
instruction to freshmen on how to handle the examination honor code (1976): "On the last page of your exam, write the following: 'I have neither given nor received aid on this exam, as any fool can plainly see.' Then sign your name."