Quotes April 2014

Quotes April 2014

“Almost everything I have ever learned of value in life I learned from the cryptic words of old men and from getting my ass kicked by reality.” – Skinner Layne

“You can talk a man out of an idea he is happy with only by making him unhappy with it.” – Aaron Haspel

“Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.” – Alain de Botton

“At key points in life, and maybe most of the time, we don’t get enough attention from the people who really matter. Our best friend made friends with someone else; the elder sister who was the companion in all our childhood adventures started to get more interested in boys and homework and didn’t want to make Lego farms or build treehouses much any more. A father changes jobs and is often away on business; a mother goes back to work and a nervous three year old spends long mornings in a nursery with eleven more boisterous children. The person you pined for through adolescence hardly knew you existed. Someone you wished you could have been better friends with – witty, gregarious and good looking – never really made you feel part of their group. The people from whom we seek intimate attention, regard and even love may not mean to leave us bereft – but that’s what happens often enough.” – Alain de Botton

“It’s tempting to believe that people don’t do the right thing because they don’t have the right ideas. But in truth, we already have so many nice ideas at the back of our minds; the problem is, we don’t act on them, and we don’t do so because, at key moments, we lack reminders, motivation and encouragement.” – Alain de Botton

“What do I have to do to make sure we keep winning?” – Bill Russell

“Beliefs, like bad software, can get “locked-in” in society. Those that follow society’s dogmas without questioning whether or not they remain useful, may build entire lives or careers on outdated foundations.” – Carlos Miceli

“Finding a dedicated business partner is harder than finding a woman to marry.” – Alberto Brandão

“Have a few key areas of non-novelty; put everything else on the chopping block. Do have a long-term significant other. Do have a “home” that doesn’t change every year. Do maintain some traditions and routines. Cherish these routines. Then, experiment widely, take chances, and kill your status quo everywhere else – you’ll be investing in your memory bank, slowing down time, and increasing the meaning you feel when you take stock of your life.” – Ben Casnocha

“Managing clutter levels is how you tune the tradeoff between creativity and productivity.” – Venkatesh Rao

“Our modern technology is very good at telling us what is immediate and urgent, but less good at keeping us in touch with what is important. […] Religion can be seen as a gigantic memory-prompting machine that is always trying to get us back on track.” – Alain de Botton

“To be casual, relaxed, the person in every situation who tells everyone else not worry about it. Not the other way around–the agitator, the paranoid, the worrier or the irrational. Be the calm, not the liability.” – Ryan Holiday

“Love is our involuntary response to virtue.” – Stefan Molyneux

“There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison

“Some virtues bloom forth with youth: being intelligent, energetic, curious and pleasant. Some virtues only ripen over time: other-centeredness, having a sense for how events will flow, being able to discern what’s right in the absence of external affirmation. These virtues usually come with experience, after a person has taken time off to raise children, been fired or learned to cope with having a cruel boss.” – David Brooks

“Under communism, the great thing was we knew it was all wrong in the media, so we thought quite hard. Nowadays, people think it’s right, so they’ve stopped thinking. That’s the problem.” – Alain de Botton

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