Quotes, April 2014

“Parental love so much easier to give than romantic love; one spares kids that unfair expectation: that they should understand one.”
-Alain deBotton

“The future is the only thing we can improve.”
-Kevin Kelly

“Questions draw us together. Answers push us apart.”
-Peter Block

“A flawed [education and certification] system isn’t better than no system at all, it is worse than no system at all, because at least with no system we are forced to be accountable to ourselves for our education. “Not everyone will be so dedicated.” Correct, but now those same undedicated people get an official blessing of their ignorance. Who doesn’t walk out of even this ridiculously meaningless exam not feeling smart, accomplished, up to date? And who would dare, after passing, to criticize the exam that warmed his ego?”
-The Last Psychiatrist

“The Internet allows any two individuals to transfer data without permission from any central authority. Bitcoin does the same for value.”
-Naval Ravikant

“The difference between a scholar and a fundamentalist: a scholar asks questions, while a fundamentalist gives answers.”
-Gary Marx

“Facebook is probably better off that they didn’t hire Acton in 2009. He wouldn’t have created WhatsApp as an employee.”
-Paul Graham

“Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.”
-Robert A. Heinlein

“Change occurs when the pain of the new is less than the pain of the old.”
-Robb Wolf

“Give me control over a man’s economic actions, and hence over his means of survival, and except for a few occasional heroes, I’ll promise to deliver to you men who think and write and behave as I want them to.”
-Benjamine A. Rooge

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
-Socrates

“No success in the professional realm can compensate for failure in the home.”
-Anon

“The wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.”
-Zhuge Liang

“You need a long hard day’s work to reveal the logic of the craving for very bad tv and alcohol.”
-Alain de Botton

“It used to be that companies with industrial economies of scale created business success. Now, success will come from the information economies of scale, either the ones with complete breadth, or complete depth.”
-Tucker Max

“People who are pedantic are usually trying to hide their idiocy.”
-Michael Malice

“In the age of strategy, advantage flowed from owning resources. In the age of wisdom, it flows from seeding and connecting them.”
-Umair Haque