Quotes, February 2014

“Everyone wants a better life: very few of us want to be better people.”
-Alain de Botton

“Your actions reveal not what you want, but what you choose.”
-Shane Parrish

“The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.”
-Linus Pauling

“If I lived every day like it was my last, I’d just be running around hysterically screaming OH MY GOD I’M GONNA DIE.”
-Eliza Bayne

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
-Edward Abbey

“It was everything that’s bad about everything, all at once.”
-Tucker Max

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”
-Ivan Illich

“If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry, that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware of having no good reason for thinking as you do. The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic, because in arithmetic there is knowledge, but in theology there is only opinion. So whenever you find yourself getting angry about a difference of opinion, be on your guard; you will probably find, on examination, that your belief is going beyond what the evidence warrants.”
-Bertrand Russell

“For warriors in particular, if you calm your own mind and discern the inner minds of others, that may be called the foremost art of war.”
-Shiba Yoshimasa

“Explaining things that matter: Be simple. Then simpler than that. Just say what happens. The part of reality that any given person needs to know is naturally riveting to them.”
-Anne Herbert

“The loudest defenders of the status quo are those it rewards most richly.”
-Shane Parrish

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.”
-Albert Einstein

“Work doesn’t bleed over into home because capitalism is evil, work bleeds over to home because we have no idea what else to do at home, and thank God we can blame it on work.”
-The Last Psychiatrist

“Education perverts the mind since we are directly opposing the natural development of our mind by obtaining ideas first and observations last. This is why so few men of learning have such sound common sense as is quite common among the illiterate.”
-Arthur Schopenhaur

“Both in fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased.”
-Miyamoto Musashi

“So many complaints boil down to the belly ache of the fragile, mortal, ignored ego in a vast and indifferent universe.”
-Alain de Botton

“In media, it doesn’t matter if you’re right. It matters if you’re understood.”
-Tucker Max