Quotes, August 2012

“The goal [of meditation] is to awaken from our trance of discursive thinking–and from the habit of ceaselessly grasping at the pleasant and recoiling from the unpleasant–so that we can enjoy a mind that is undisturbed by worry, merely open like the sky, and effortlessly aware of the flow of experience in the present.”
-Sam Harris

“It’s insoluable! Yay! That means there will be a really interesting solution.”
-Anne Herbert

“Making a judgment, taking a stand and then acting against an injustice or acting to support excellence is the stuff of the everyman hero. If you are an aspiring artist and you wish to avoid “judgments,” you’ll find that you have nothing to say.”
-Steven Pressfield

“All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.”
-Isak Dinesen

“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.”
-Antoine de Saint Exupery

“We need to believe that we’re good people, and we’ll do just about anything to maintain that perception.”
-Dan Ariely

“Before if you were making a product, the right business strategy was to put 70% of your attention, energy, and dollars into shouting about a product, and 30% into making a great product. So you could win with a mediocre product, if you were a good enough marketer. That is getting harder to do. The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies…the individual is empowered. The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it. If I build a great product or service, my customers will tell each other.”
-Jeff Bezos

“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”
-William Blake

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what it is worth of human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

“It taught me a lot about the right way of helping writers – mostly that there are no certainties. And that the very best writers would never dream of destroying the confidence of beginners.”
-Catherine Czerkawska

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
-Jim Ryun

“For example, I don’t care if anyone reads what I write here. I’m writing to satisfy myself first and foremost. If others read it and benefit from it, fantastic — that’s a welcome side effect. If I worry about who is reading, why they’re reading, or if anyone is even reading at all, I’d be too paralyzed to write! That’d be the least productive outcome of all.”
-Jeff Atwood