Quotes, August 2014

“Once upon a time we would obey in public, but in private we would be cynical; today, we announce cynicism, but in private we obey.”
-The Last Psychiatrist

“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
-Arie du Geus

“There should be a class where children go to learn how to question everything they’re taught.”
-Erin Tyler

“If you really understand something, you can: 1) explain it using a clear metaphor and 2) explain the strongest counter-argument to the idea.”
-Ben Casnocha

“I always run a few red lights after I give a homeless person some money. Because I’ve earned it, goddammit.”
-Ty Schutz

“When you manage to overcome your own mind, you overcome myriad concerns, rise above all things, and are free. When you are overcome by your own mind, you are burdened by myriad concerns, subordinate to things, unable to rise above. Mind your mind; guard it resolutely. Since it is the mind that confuses the mind, don’t let your mind give in to your mind.”

-Suzuki Shosan

“Criticize through creating.”

“We are what we do, and not what we think we must do.”
-Paulo Coelho

“Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.”
-Robert Heinlein

“Knowledge is the process of piling up facts. Wisdom lies in their simplification.”
-Martin H. Fischer

“I write to understand as much as to be understood.”
-Elie Wiesel

“In closing, I have two pieces of advice for the “arrogant fucks” who make the world go round. One, don’t claim you’re changing the world until you’ve changed it. Two, ignore the haters and work on whatever you find interesting. The internet commenters and journalists that say you’re working on something that doesn’t matter are probably not building anything at all themselves.”
-Sam Altman

“Unfunny realization: Inspiration is just the sudden dissipation of fear.”
-Alex Baze

“The day pro life cares as much about foster kids as they do fetuses, I’ll take it seriously.”
-Erin Tyler

“The average human’s fundamental project is to find someone else to blame for their problems.”
-Jim Goad

“Just say “I’m sorry”. Don’t hide your apology in a shit sandwich of excuses.”
-Alec Sulkin