Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story. Nobody is likely to forget anytime soon:
For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn
you can fail at what you don't want, so you may as well go for what you DO want
Jim Carrey, commencement speech
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
-- Vaclav Havel
"Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate."
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Do not seek to follow in another's footsteps, rather seek what he sought.
Han:"You are a fool!"
Ben:"Who is the greater fool? The fool that leads the way, or the fool that follows him?"
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
It must be born in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.
--Benjamin Mays (1895-1984)
"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
a mind, once expanded, never returns to its original shape
Always do what you are afraid to do - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Study the Ways of all professions
-miyamoto musashi, sword saint of Japan
Cognitive Biases, (affect interpretation, perspective):
Verbicide: the use of words to effect change by means of covert subversion of intent.
Dunning-Kruger effect: unskilled individuals overestimate their abilities and skilled individuals underestimate their abilities
Bandwagon effect: synonymous to groupthink, describes the tendency of individuals to do and believe things within a group because others do the same
Confirmation bias: the tendency to search for information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions
Framing effect: drawing different conclusions from the same information according to how the information is presented
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth
“If you think that moral reasoning is something we do to figure out the truth, you’ll be constantly frustrated by how foolish, biased, and illogical people become when they disagree with you.”
Jonathan Haidt, Righteous Mind
“People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.”
Robert Greene, Mastery
dont bother competing with others, compete with yourself
become the best version of yourself
To be happy: Don’t bother comparing yourself to anyone else and put all your effort into each day
you must regulate your life by the standards you admire when you are at your best
One will never get any more than he thinks he can get. You have what it takes. Look back and see your progress - damn the torpedo, full speed ahead
"Until you make the ‘Unconscious’ Conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it Fate."
If you don't have a plan of your own, you're a part of someone else's plan
As without, so within
Carpe diem is an example of an aphorism, or "a pithy observation that contains a general truth." Coined by Horace, a Roman poet, in his volume call the Odes, (23 BC), the prashe means, "Seize the day." The complete quote, however, which we rarely hear, is "Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero", or "Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow."
Horace was a follower of epicurus, who believed that the "purpose of philosophy was to achieve the happy, tranquil life." For Epicurus, this meant "ataraxia - the freedom from fear, and aponia - the absence of pain." Horace's call to action is meant to drive our attention into the present moment and motivate us to get after it, whatever it happens to be, right now.
"First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine."
Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid
"I never lose. I either win or learn"
The only reason you should look into your neighbour's bowl is to see if they have enough
When asked what surprised him most about humanity the Dalai Lama answered,
"Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not ive in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 am by an alarm clock, leap outof bed, dress, force feed, shit piss and brush teeth and hair and fight traffic to get to a place where essentialy, you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so
normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you're still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the home you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, (get this book)
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, richer, stronger, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
-miyamoto musashi, book of five rings
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self actualization
Abraham Maslow, creator of Maslow's Heirarchy of needs, a pyramid style diagram for living
Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change.
In 1926, Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Company, conducted an experiment with his own staff:
He decreased their daily hours from 10 to 8, and shortened the work week from 6 days to 5. As a result, he saw his workers’ productivity increase.
Lazy people work twice as hard
Unsuccessful people focus on what they cannot control and blame their failures on others.
Successful people focus on what they can control and blame their failures on themselves.
We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers — but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.
Life’s too short to waste mental energy on petty bullshit
People give shit. But it's your choice whether to accept it or not. Put yourself in a position to say fuck it, fuck off and fuck you.
Work hard in silence, let success be your noise
“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
-Steve Jobs, commencement speech
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
-Tim Ferriss, podcaster/author/etc
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. JFK
the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new
“Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lies in them, but that what they, and all things, really are is the Everlasting, dwell in the groves of the wish fulfilling trees, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concord.”
-Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Competition is for suckers. Look to create a monopoly for yourself. Jeff bezos
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
“Don’t talk like you’re one of them! You’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me. They need you right now, but when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper. You see, their morals, their ‘code,’ is a bad joke, to be dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show ya; when the chips are down, these ‘civilized’ people, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster; I’m just ahead of the curve.”
-Joker, Dark Knight
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage…”
– Lao Tzu
He who has a why can bear almost any how
Theres no real evidence that we're any different cognitively than we were 150 thousand years ago
don't utter falsehoods because you will warp neurological structures that will read out pathologically then if you rely on it to guide you it will run you off a cliff. So if your going to rely on your sense of meaning make sure that you don't pollute the mechanism
You can't legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity
What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving
The government cannot give to anybody, anything it does not take from somebody else.
The only thing that's worse than the pain of inequality is the pain of forced equality
I have invented a myth for myself-that I'm irresponsible. I tell everybody, I don't do anything. If anybody asks Mr yo be on a committee or take care of admissions, no, I'm irresponsible, I don't give a dam a out the students- of course I give a dam about the students but I know that somebody so we'll do it-and I take the view, "Let George do it," a view which you're not supposed to take, okay, because that's not right to do, but I do that because I like to do physics and I want to see if I can still do it, and so I'm selfish, okay? I want to do my physics.
-the pleasure of finding things out, Richard Feynman
“A person is in Pain or they are seeking Pleasure. Provide a solution to get rid of the pain or provide a solution to obtain pleasure"
You don’t need to recreate the wheel. Make the wheel run smoother.
One does not accumulate but eliminate.
It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pusuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking
The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little
-Banksy, famed anonymous street artist
because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustable well. And yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times wil you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you cant even concieve of your life without it. Perhaps 4 or 5 times more? perhaps not even that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise? perhaps 20. And yet it all seems limitless
That alternate translation of "The meek shall inherit the earth" reminded me of a Zen koan; A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and asked: "Is there really a paradise and a hell?" "Who are you?" inquired Hakuin. "I am a samurai," the warrior replied. "You, a soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar." Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued: "So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head." As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin remarked: "Here open the gates of hell!" At these words the samurai, perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed. "Here open the gates of paradise," said Hakuin.
(The meek are not those who can't fight, but those who can and refrain from doing so)
If you go out and meet an asshole, that person is an asshole. If you go out and everyone you meet is an asshole, you're the asshole. If you assume that everyone has negative intent, you yourself become that which you loathe. Assume positive intent.
Don't attributes to malice what could otherwise be attributed to ignorance.
Hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras
“Don’t seek to be known, focus on making yourself a man worth knowing.” – Confucius.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be
It is no measure of health to be well adapted to a profoundly sick society
*( For example:. I once caught part of a TV show featuring teenagers with ocd or some sort of mental problems. A group of adults was trying to recondition a teenaged girl who would otherwise 'ritualistically' take a shower after every bowel movement, as this was seen as abnormal. Read: this poor girl was led to believe she was bad for wanting to keep her own body clean, as it differed from the norm.
Another anecdote from Joe Rogan, if you got dog shit on your bare foot, or worse your hand, would you just wipe it off with paper towels and proceed to high five your buds, shake hands and eat finger food? Fuck no, you'd wash that shit with soap and water. Cultures in the world have toilets set up with just that function, cultures that look at toilet paper users as savages. However the adults told the teenaged girl who only wanted to be hygienic that she was wrong and they were right, and reconditioned her to a more acceptable normalcy.)
Information without emotion isn't retained
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”
ever tried? ever failed? no matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
either everything is fair game, or nothing is.
Matt Stone, Trey Parker, creators of South park
"I'm a great believer in luck, and find the harder I work, the more I have of it"
“I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” - Stephen J Gould
He thats good with a hammer, tends to think everything is a nail
Our character is the most important thing we can improve. Everything else is at best, secondary
-Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
William Gibson: “The future is already here—it’s just unevenly distributed.”
if they're new to you, something from nothing vastly outranks something of low quality to high. 1$headphones are worse by far than 500$ headphones , but without the 1$headphones you can't listen to music at all.
However, once you're familiar with them, accept no substitutes; premium quality, even at a premium price, supercedes replacing a poorly made item a half dozen times
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine"
-The Count of Monte Cristo
No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
“No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself.”
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
“A lion is fully capable of capturing, killing and eating a field mouse. But it turns out that the energy required to do so exceeds the caloric content of the mouse itself. So a lion that spent its day hunting and eating field mice would slowly starve to death. A lion can’t live on field mice. A lion needs an antelope. Antelope are big animals. They take more speed and strength to capture and kill, and once killed, they provide a feast for the lion and her pride. A lion can live a long and happy life on a diet of antelope. The distinction is important. Are you spending all your time and exhausting all your energy catching field mice? In the short term it might give you a nice, rewarding feeling. But in the long run, you’re going to die. So ask yourself at the end of the day, “Did I spend today chasing mice or hunting antelope?”
Responsibility is the price of greatness.
suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret
follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly -frank kafka
DO, because you can
to begin, begin
What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognise the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?
They say that repeating the same thing over and over again hoping for different results is the definition of insanity. Theres also a proverb that goes, if you keep up like you're doing, you're likely to end up where you're headed. It makes sense, but sometimes we're a little too busy to see; we have to change ourselves to change our world. All it takes is a little self thought, in a quiet space apart from the multitudes. What do you want? Why do you want it? Are you doing what needs to be done to that aim?
People spend their lives on automatic, and years down the line wonder where it all went. Well as Lennon said, life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. The legendary dancer Martha Graham was asked a typical question by an interviewer,
"what you had to do to become a great dancer? Any advice for an aspiring dancer?"
Her famous reply?
"Just do it."
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. ~Bruce Lee.
purpose precedes form
Always work beyond your conceived means, so that you should not be content and let your work surpass your judgement. Your judgement should always surpass your work' -Leonardo
have nothng in your house that you don't know to be useful or believe to be beatiful
"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." -Steinbeck
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that ENVY IS IGNORANCE; THAT IMITATION IS SUICIDE; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”. Emerson
Nietzsche: “I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful…I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer.”
” Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam”….attributed saying by the Carthginian general Hannibal before he crossed the Alps: “I will find a way or make one”.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Youmay think adventure is dangerous, try routine-it’s lethal.
“God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please–you can never have both.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Would you have a great empire? Rule over yourself.” — PUBLILIUS SYRUS
“Your greatest gift to the world will emerge from the deepest wound that the world gave you.”
Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. -aristotle
“The best art is about economy. [..] the artist who’s just trying to do everything winds up unable to express whatever it is that’s of importance.” Amanda Palmer
the point of having our open society is so we can foster opposing views without resorting to murder. ~M
“The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving an opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor’s opinion is and slavishly adopt it”
“Now that the human mind has grasped celestial and terrestrial physics, mechanical and chemical, organic physics, both vegetable and animal, there remains one science, to fill up the series of sciences of observation – social physics. This is what men have now most need of; and his it is the principal aim of the present work to establish”
Auguste Compte, Cours de philosophie positive, 1830-1842
“… the very events which in their own nature appear most capricious and uncertain, and which in any individual case no atainable degree of knowledge would enable us to foresee, occur, when considerable numbers are taken into account, with a degree of regularity approaching to mathematical”
John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, 1862
take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves
Art decorates space. Music decorates time
for real though. there is a chinese folk story in which an artist and an emperor are talking..
Emperor: what is easiest thing to draw? and the hardest?
artist: the easiest thing is a demon. the hardest is a dog.
Emp: why is that?
Artist: everybody knows what demons are supposed to look like, but no one has ever actually seen one, so it's very difficult to "get it wrong", so long as 'it looks like a demon'.
Emp: I see..and what about the dog?
Artist: Everyone has seen a dog with their own eyes. Dogs are commonplace. We see them every day. We know exactly how they ACTUALLY looks, not just what we think they should look like. It is must more difficult for an artist to accurately recreate such a thing.
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An old saying goes: "we are the results of what we were; we will be the results of what we are." A Pali text called The Anguttara, and presented here from What the Buddha Said, says it best:
"It cannot come to pass that the fruit of a deed well-done by the body, speech, and thought should have for a result that which is unpleasant, hateful, or distasteful. But that it should be otherwise is quite possible."
What is important to consider of course, is having set into motion the correct set of principals in the past, so the fruit beared from those endeavors would be impacting one's present. To have that present be a positive experience:
1.) From the first generate only thoughts with the right escort.
2.)Support right thoughts already risen.
3.)From where thoughts arise, generate no thoughts that carry negative escort.
4.)Dispell any negative thoughts already risen.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career however humble it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Excercise caution in your business affairs for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of this universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.