one’s overly hasty negative reactions

philippe de montebello:

One can be taught, and needs to be taught, how to look, how to put aside one’s prejudices, one’s overly hasty negative reactions.

the only thing that isn’t worthless

marcus aurelius:

The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t.

against magical thinking


Let us labor, then, to think clearly: that is the principle of morality.

but that, too, is terrifically sad

new yorker’s profile on adele:

Time eases anguish of all stripes. But that, too, is terrifically sad: time renders love banal, ordinary, reversible. It neutralizes its poison.

oh baby baby it’s a wild world

nytimes: Have you learned anything from the kinds of stories that strangers tell you?

marry karr: Mostly, I learn about how resilient we are. The world breeds monsters, but kindness grows just as wild.

only ten

new yorker:

One of Hoffman’s venture-capital friends, Mike Maples, Jr., estimates that of the roughly thirty thousand tech startups a year, only ten will wind up representing ninety-seven per cent of the total value of all of them, and one will represent as much value as all the others combined.

how to communicate

Arthur Schopenhauer:

One should use common words to say uncommon things.