Quotes January 2017

Quotes January 2017


“Loneliness is failed solitude.” – Sherry Turkle

“We forget everything: the books we read, the temples of Japan, the tombs of Luxor, the airline queues, our own foolishness. And so we gradually return to identifying happiness with elsewhere.” – Alain de Botton

“Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.” – J. S. Mill

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.” – Sherlock Holmes

“To plan for a future which is not going to become present is hardly more absurd than to plan for a future which, when it comes to me, will find me “absent.”” – Alan Watts

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein

“Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.” – Plato

“For the animal to be happy it is enough that this moment be enjoyable. But man is hardly satisfied with this at all. He is much more concerned to have enjoyable memories and expectations — especially the latter. With these assured, he can put up with an extremely miserable present. Without this assurance, he can be extremely miserable in the midst of immediate physical pleasure.” – Alan Watts

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” – Arthur Weasley

“All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money and (b) not having done it before, ever.” – Steve Wozniak

“I am completely an elitist, in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good to the bad, the articulate to the mumbling, the aesthetically developed to the merely primitive, and full to partial consciousness. I love the spectacle of skill, whether it’s an expert gardener at work, or a good carpenter chopping dovetails” – Robert Hughes

“It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness.” – Nassim N. Taleb

“The first, and hardest, step to wisdom: avert the standard assumption that people know what they want.” – Nassim N. Taleb

“Just as money does not represent the perishability and edibility of food, so words and thoughts do not represent the vitality of life. The relation between thought and movement is something like the difference between a real man running and a motion-picture film which shows the running as a series of “stills.”” – Alan Watts

“Studying neurobiology to understand humans is like studying ink to understand literature.” – Nassim N. Taleb

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed. What is the long term effect of too much information? One of the effects is the need to be first. Not even to be true anymore… What are the responsibilities you [journalists and the media] have? To tell the truth. Not just to be first, but to tell the truth. We live in a society now where it’s just “First, who cares?! Get it out there!” We don’t care who it hurts, we don’t care who it destroys, we don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it! Anything you practice you get good at… Including BS.” – Denzel Washington

“If everybody contemplates the infinite instead of fixing the drains, many of us will die of cholera.” -John Rich

“Reason is not fit to rule; it was designed to seek justification, not truth.” – Jonathan Haidt

“Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t know yet who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive of and have carefully omitted to investigate.” – Alain de Botton

“The most daring thing to do with your life is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“When deciding what to do, the best choice is often that’s simple but hard.” – Paul Graham

“Being nice is not boring; it’s an enormous achievement, one that ninety-nine percent of humanity can’t manage from day to day.” – Alain de Botton

“The only people who can still strike us as normal are those we don’t yet know very well.” – Alain de Botton

“The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed. You waste years by not being able to waste hours.” – Amos Tversky

“Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.” – Cyril Connolly

“What is time? I know, but when you ask me I don’t.” – St. Augustine

“The best way to complain is to make things.” – James Murphy

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” – Blaise Pascal

“Return to the fundamentals of politics – sell our story door to door.” – Richard J. Daley

“Real poetry is to live a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.” – Basho

“It is obvious that the only interesting people are interested people, and to be completely interested is to have forgotten about “I.”” – Alan Watts

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