Quotes June 2015

Quotes June 2015

“If you read to be intellectually productive, rather than just to fill your time, consider reading while chasing something, anything.” – Robin Hanson

“The entrepreneurship narrative boom took a wrong turn, and became a glamorous fad, the day people started interpreting it as a right to judge and mock employment, and a way to escape the tedium of work.” – Carlos Miceli

“The meaning of life is to pursue human flourishing through communication, understanding, and service.” – Alain de Botton

““But I don’t want to be alone,” we often exclaim. Be alone. Eat alone, take yourself on dates, sleep alone. In the midst of this you will learn about yourself. You will grow, you will figure out what inspires you, you will curate your own dreams, your own beliefs, your own stunning clarity, and when you do meet the person who makes your cells dance, you will be sure of it, because you are sure of yourself. Wait for it.” – Bianca Sparacino

“Do not weep. Do not wax indignant. Understand.” – Spinoza

“Helping someone else is the best way to ensure your own survival. It takes you out of yourself. It helps you to rise above your fears. Now you’re a rescuer, not a victim. And seeing how your leadership and skill buoy others up gives you more focus and energy to persevere.” – Laurence Gonzales

“I’m convinced that curiosity can overpower indifference. I also know that reaching a level of interest about any subject powerful enough to become a self-sustaining form of motivation can be a hard thing to do. Still, I think for most people it’s not a question of their having too little time but of how they choose to spend what time they do have. Intellectual maturity is a function of deliberate learning, not of age. True adulthood is not possible without it.” – Charles Hayes

“The problems of being not-so-good-looking are extremely well known and very much explored. However, no one ever stops to think that there might be distinctive problems involved in being too good looking. Like the regrets of a tyrant or the sadness of a plutocrat, these are not sorrows our society is interested in hearing about. And yet doing so alerts us to something that could be very helpful indeed: that everyone has problems. And therefore our envy, often intense, should not gnaw at us with quite so much viciousness.” – Alain de Botton

“You know a trip has failed when you’re going to a museum.” – Alain de Botton

“Focus groups are an excuse for people who don’t want to be introspective.” – Alain de Botton

“Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box.” – Twyla Tharp

“All successful people feel some type of urgency to be successful, but taken to an extreme, this causes people to over-prioritize signaling, and undervalue what’s really important: Life is time. Make sure you spend it well.” – Stephen Dodson

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