1. Subtlety is overrated. (cf Squid Poley, circa 1997)
2. Brutality is its own reward. (circa 1997)
3. Truth is mercurial. (It is literally like mercury. Extremely hard to grasp, tending to flee from the attempt, and causing rank insanity if you ever do manage to pin it down.) (circa 2000)
4. A man who reads poetry can't be trusted with your daughter(1). A man who doesn't read poetry can't be trusted at all.
(1) Wife, spouse, partner, significant other, lover, and quite likely your dog.