Quotes

Some of my favorite kernels of wisdom

“The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself.” – e. e. cummings

“Productivity in the wrong direction isn’t worth anything at all. Think more about what to work on.” – Sam Altman

We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive
where we started
and know the place for the first time.
– T. S. Eliot

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman

“Every day, I demand more from myself than anybody else could humanly expect. I’m not competing with somebody else. I’m competing with what I’m capable of.” – Michael Jordan

“In my whole life, I’ve known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero.” – Charlie Munger

“Pretend your time is worth $1,000/hr. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry?” – Niklas Göke

“It is amateurs who have one big bright beautiful idea that they can never abandon. Professionals know that they have to produce theory after theory before they are likely to hit the jackpot.” – Francis Crick

“If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters.” – Epictetus

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The best is the enemy of the good.” – Voltaire

“Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” – Alan Cohen

Peter Thiel once asked, “How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?”

“It is not until we have been truly shocked into seeing ourselves as we really are, instead of as we wish or hopefully assume we are, that we can take the first step toward individual reality.” – Edward Whitmont

“Anybody who doesn’t change their mind a lot is dramatically underestimating the complexity of the world we live in.” – Jeff Bezos

“Most people never pick up the phone and call. And that’s what separates (sometimes) the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.” – Steve Jobs

“The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient.” – Warren Buffett