Quotes, June 2014

“The stronger the identity, the more it imprisons, the more it resists expansion, interpretation, renewal, contradiction.”
-Rem Koolhaas

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
-Lao Tze

“How to manage a project: Limit it in scope. Make it simple. Get success. Then iterate.”
-Auren Hoffman

“The subtext of funny t-shirts is “I don’t have a personality””
-Brandon Wardell

“What we tell students in formal schooling: “Sit down, stay quiet, and absorb. Do this for 12 to 16 years and all will be well.”
-Alex Tabarrok

“It’s always dangerous when boring people think they’re creative.”
-Alec Sulkin

“People moved in across the street and are immediately cutting down a huge tree. Their toothbrushes will know my buttonhole.”
-Rob Delaney

“Hearing the faraway sounds of children at recess makes me understand that I am no longer life’s main character.”
-Alec Sulkin

“When Bill Clinton assembled the top minds of the nation to discuss the economy in 1992, no one mentioned the Internet.”
-David Leonhardt

“Most people’s lives are nothing more than pointlessly frantic activity used as a psychological defense against their own impotence and fear.” -Tucker Max

“If you have an opinion on what other adults do consensually with other adults when they take their pants off, you’re a weirdo.”
-Rob Delaney

“Reminded again (constantly): there isn’t a more important decision than deciding who your crew is, who to work with, who to spend time with.”
-John Lilly

“Everything happens for a reason” = I neither recognize nor accept that my actions have consequences for which I am ultimately accountable.”
-Nils Parker

“One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.”

“You are not special. There is no plan for you. Nothing happens for a reason. Just try not to die and shut up.”
-Alec Sulkin

“Keep telling people you’re happy and maybe you’ll start believing it.”
-Ty Schutz

“The dinosaurs invented Jesus to test our confidence in science.”
-Karl Hess

“If you’ve finished Finnegans Wake, you probably value feeling clever more than you value enjoying your life.”
-Charlie Hoehn

“It is no coincidence that social media, “everything is connected” (the default is plugged), is a vivid metaphor for globalism, even as so many social media vaginalists think they are against globalism if it is defined as Wall Street. Propaganda doesn’t care about your motivations, so long as you act in the required direction.”
-The Last Psychiatrist

“I have always found that those the quickest to cast moral judgment on others have the most to be judged about in their own lives.”
-Matt Jones

“Tell someone you love them today, because life is short. But SHOUT it at them in German, because life is also terrifying and confusing.”
-Matt Suddain

“No one else knows how to be you. All they can tell you is how to be more like them.”