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Month: July 2011

Quotes July 2011

Quotes July 2011

 “If you’re going to learn that the world is a brutal place full of people trying to take advantage of one another, you’re better off learning it last. Otherwise you won’t bother learning much more.” – Paul Graham

“Interesting people are people who are interested, but people who are self-absorbed are boring. People who stop learning, in effect, stop living. That which ceases to grow begins to decay. Brains that are not used atrophy. Learning, then, is an act of becoming, which makes lifelong learning a realization of being.” – Charles Hayes

“The acquisition of knowledge always involves the revelation of ignorance, almost IS the revelation of ignorance.” – Wendell Berry

“In most domains, talent is overrated compared to determination—partly because it makes a better story, partly because it gives onlookers an excuse for being lazy, and partly because after a while determination starts to look like talent.” – Paul Graham

“If you’re uncomfortable feeling ignorant, you’re gonna be uncomfortable learning. This is why most people remain ignorant: because they don’t wanna feel ignorant.” – Carlos Miceli

“Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world, but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world.” – Paul Graham

“You can probably take it as a rule of thumb from now on that if people don’t think you’re weird, you’re living badly.” – Paul Graham

“Mold your life so that the path of least resistance is the path of maximum productivity.” – Matt Might

“The less confident you are, the more serious you have to act.” – Tara Ploughman

“The art of handling university students is to make oneself appear, and this almost ostentatiously, to be treating them as adults.” – Arnold Toynbee

“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Brandeis

“In an artificial world, only extremists live naturally.” – Paul Graham

“Sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from malice.” – Clark’s Law

“The only reliable place to be bored these days is in the shower.” – Scott Adams

“Specialized knowledge doesn’t produce wisdom. Most of our work is specialized. We work too much. Therefore few older people become wise. The most wise people in our society are generalists because a) they can see patterns, b) they have time to think.” – Duff McDuffee

“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.” – Fight Club

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -Elwyn Brooks White

“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it.” – Mark Twain

“The state is the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth: ‘I, the state, am the people.’… Everything about it is false; it bites with stolen teeth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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