There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence.
It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity.
And above all, it takes a willingness to try.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter.
Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.
Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished.
You have power over your mind – not outside events.
Realise this, and you will find strength.
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
You always own the option of having no opinion.
There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control.
These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone when they get caught in the rain!
Some will run with their hands over their heads, others will smile and take a deep breath
while enjoying the wind. What does that say about one’s relationship to discomfort?
The reaction to surprise? The need for control?
Forgetting is a piercing wound, keen as the first loss.
It’s silly to try and escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable.
Just try to escape your own.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
We need to feel a little bit lost somewhere, physically or intellectually, at least once a day.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
If in doubt, just walk until your day becomes interesting.
Treat everyone as if they might be going through something rough that you don’t know about.
Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started.
I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive believe that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping stone just right,
you won’t have to die.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog,
conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall,
set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone,
solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer,
cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects.
The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
Who says you need to wait until you ‘feel like’ doing something in order to start doing it?
The problem, from this perspective, isn’t that you don’t feel motivated; it’s that you imagine you need to feel motivated.
What I learned on my own I still remember.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.
Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.
We don’t get fat because we overeat; we overeat because we’re getting fat.
Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it.
If in doubt, castle.
Kurt Vonnegut, Sr
Hearing other people’s uncensored opinions of you is an unpleasant reminder that you’re just another person in the world,
and everyone else does not always view you in the forgiving light that you hope they do,
making all allowances, always on your side.
There’s something existentially alarming about finding out how little room we occupy,
and how little allegiance we command, in other people’s heads.