“Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.”–Michael Shermer
An insect tries to escape through the windowpane, tries the same again and again, and does not try the next window which is open and through which it came into the room. A man is able, or at least should be able, to act more intelligently. –George Polya
“Perhaps instead of teaching manners, parents should teach the statistical probability that the person you are speaking to is just as good as you are. It is difficult to believe this; very few of us do, in our instincts, believe it. One’s own ego seems so incomparably more sensitive, more perceptive, wiser and more profound than other people’s. Yet there must be very few of whom this is true, and it is not likely that oneself is one of those few. There is nothing like viewing oneself statistically as a means both to good manners and to good morals.”–Bertrand Russell
“If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver, but this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. I think that we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s fortuitous contrivings.”–Buckminster Fuller
“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself.”–Carl Jung
“There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.”– Seneca
“Whether we fall by ambition, blood or lust,
Like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.”
“The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion … draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects or despises, or else by some distinction sets aside or rejects.”–Francis Bacon
Logic is like a sewer: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. It’s great for some tasks, like getting rid of garbage. But when you need to distinguish between garbage and not garbage, it can be worse than useless: A cover-up over the subjective nature of our priorities, and the ambiguity of our words. –Jørgen Klaveness
Marcus Aurelius corner
- Soon you will have forgotten the world, and soon the world will have forgotten you.
- You may break your heart, but men will still go on as before.
- How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
- Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?”
- Remember that to change thy opinion and to follow him who corrects thy error is as consistent with freedom as it is to persist in thy error.
- Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in thy power.
- Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man – yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.