“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman
“Her that I love, I wish to be free – even from me.”
“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.”
‘The Great Man … is colder, harder, less hesitating, and without respect and without the fear of “opinion”; he lacks the virtues that accompany respect and “respectability”, and altogether everything that is the “virtue of the herd”. If he cannot lead, he goes alone. … He knows he is incommunicable: he finds it tasteless to be familiar. … When not speaking to himself, he wears a mask. There is a solitude within him that is inaccessible to praise or blame.’
– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power
According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts.
Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. — John Carmack
Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven't lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century! You'd have to dig pretty deep, kiddo, before you can find anything real. We live in a kingdom of bullshit, that even you have lived in for far too long.
We “put in effort” only towards the things we want, and not for the sake of the other person as a person. And we have bullshit questions (is he tall enough?, does he make enough?, is she pretty enough?) and we run at the first sign of trouble.
— Трудно общаться с человеком, который всех обсирает, как ты, понимаешь?
— Я тебя никогда не учил жить.
— Нет, нет, нет, ты сразу осуждал!
— Как мыслящее мясо, несмотря на необъективность самоидентификации, мы создаём свою личность вынося оценочные суждения. Так делают все, постоянно. Если тебя это беспокоит, то ты живёшь неправильно.
— А что такое мыслящее мясо?
When we are forgiven—or when we manage to forgive ourselves, we’re more willing to get up and try again.
I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves..
— Bobby Fischer
“Death is guaranteed for all of us. It’s the only certainty we have and it’s the only motivation you should ever need”.
Experience often leads to a fixed mindset that makes you think you know everything when you don’t.
Здесь, не зная однообразия, дни замыкаются на самих себя, от пробуждения дня, наполненного криком кур, до этого вечера, сладковатого и нежного, шелковистого под кипарисами и долго измеряемого пением цикад. Сопровождающая меня внутренняя тишина рождается из этого медленного движения, ведущего день к другому дню. Чего еще желать мне, кроме этой комнаты, открытой на долину, со старинной мебелью и кружевами, связанными крючком.
Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why.
Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it. — Mitch Schwartz in Tuesdays with Morrie
We should probably be spending our time building an ark. But we have no time to do so because we’re busy doing email. When we’re not in meetings, that is.
It is obvious why we have more journalists than creative writers, more boy-scouts of painting than Cézannes, and why sentimental tales or detective novels have taken the place of War and Peace or The Charterhouse of Parma.
Real grit means you keep going, even when your dream turns into ash. You do the incredibly dull, tedious shit. You find new ways to pursue your interests. Develop new skills.
Judge the value of what you have by what you had to give up to get it.