If the other party indulges in empty rhetoric or builds castles in the air, quit the conversation then and there.
If you rely too much on empowerment you risk anarchy, whereas if you rely too much on command-and-control you sacrifice creativity.
The best reply to Arrogance is Sarcasm.
If you want to make sound decisions, keep your mind sane.
From Tony Stark’s point of view, what he is doing is punching a wall, exactly as he would without the armor. Only much, much harder. But in reality the actual wall-breaking force is being supplied, not by Tony Stark’s muscles, but by a series of exquisitely synchronized servomechanisms powered by a compact beta particle generator.
Math is a science of not being wrong about things, its techniques and habits hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, sounder, and more meaningful way.
Measure twice, cut once.