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Quotes March 2011

Quotes March 2011

“Sometimes, thrill-seeking activities mask intellectual fears of annihilation. It’s often easier to take chances than to contemplate nothingness.” – Charles Hayes

“We might define art as anything which pushes our thoughts in important yet neglected directions.” – Alain de Botton

“To look at the newspaper is to raise a seashell to one’s ear and to be overwhelmed by the roar of humanity.” – Alain de Botton

“It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.” – Abraham Maslow

“Advice comes from an urge to keep things under control first, and love second.” – Carlos Miceli

“Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Give everyone a title. Nothing pleases mankind as much and costs as little. Give everyone their own coffee cup.” – Jerry Favretto

“Career Networking events are filled with people you don’t want in your network.” – Ben Casnocha

“True friends stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde

“Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved.” – Ann Douglas

“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde

“I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.” – Michel de Montaigne

“What you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” – Twyla Tharp

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

“When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.” – Freud

“Destiny, quite often, is a determined parent.” – Twyla Tharp

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – Neil Postman

“99% of the time, teaching that has not been asked for will not result in learning, but will impede learning.” – John Holt

“One can have a doctorate in psychology and be socially inept.” – Charles D. Hayes

“Maturity has now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives.” – John Taylor Gatto

“Nostalgia is a sentiment of loss and displacement, but it is also a romance with one’s own fantasy.” – Svetlana Boym

“The real reason for proposing such restrictions as age, background, experience, etc. is contempt arising from the presumption that people are ignorant: educators want to avoid the ignorant meeting the ignorant around a text which they may not understand and which they read only because they are interested in it.” – Ivan Illich

“I don’t wanna learn as much as possible about anything.” – Carlos Miceli

“To experience humility is the true survivor’s response to catastrophe.” – Laurence Gonzales

“Failure is potential without anymore time.” – Alain de Botton

“Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“In our secular society, school has become the replacement for church, and like church it requires that its teachings must be taken on faith.” – John Taylor Gatto

“Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.” – Bruce Lee

Book Review: “The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning” by Charles D. Hayes

Book Review: “The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning” by Charles D. Hayes

This book was more than a pleasant surprise. It has become an all-time non-fiction favorite. It helped me understand what it means to be a mature adult. The beauty behind it is its simplicity and humanity. Anyone can relate to Hayes, a grandfather, who set out to remind us all what are our responsibilities in this world, and what kind of legacy we should live for our grandchildren.

In a nutshell, maturity means lifelong learning. This is why few people reach this state: because we believe our education and ignorance end with a degree, a job, and a family. Misrelating, a concept Hayes tackles many times throughout the book, is humanity’s biggest problem, and one that arises from people’s lack of learning from each other.

To act mature, we must understand others’ points of view. The moment we stop putting ourselves in social situations where we can keep growing, is the moment our maturity fades. The moment we believe that we know better, is the moment we start harming others with our arrogance.

I believe this book will warm your heart and force you to re-think your responsibility in this world. Some of my favorite quotes of the book below:

“My quest has been to show that the quality of our existence depends upon learning. By learning I mean, not the rote memorization of facts, but sincere efforts aimed at better understanding the very nature of knowledge and the tenuous, cultural construction of the things we call reality. I’ve come to the conclusion that rapture and maturity are reciprocal products of authenticity, and that authenticity involves living your life as if you are really interested in it.”

“Those who refuse to try to better understand the world will spare no insult in their contempt for those who act as if learning really matters in enhancing quality of life. Moreover, there exists enough collective guilt and uncertainty about knowledge and wisdom to make all but the most confident of individuals feel that the effort to learn may indeed be an exercise in delusion.”

“Regardless of who you are or where you live in the world, if you don’t deal with the problem of global poverty and human starvation with some level of intellectual honesty, then you cannot lay claim to moral high ground in any sense of the term.”

“I’ve come to believe that humans’ greatest fear about death is not the terror of nothingness, but the dread of remorse about all of the things we won’t know, the events we will not witness, and the joys we will miss.”

“Simply put, immaturity ups the price of existence. To spend one’s life spiraling in circles in constant pursuit of things one doesn’t need or even want is immature behavior and an exercise in bad faith.”

“Learning about the world makes it smaller. Learning about people who are great distances away brings them closer. Learning about enemies offers a chance for improving relations. Fully comprehending the forces behind human inequality gives us the capacity to achieve maturity and to help forge the capstone of civilization.”

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