Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Quote of the Day

I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.

- Michel de Montaigne


Monday, May 20, 2019

Quote of the Day

Every habit and faculty is maintained and increased by the corresponding actions: the habit of walking by walking, the habit of running by running. If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write.

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Epictetus


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Quote of the Day

None of the moral virtues arises in us by nature; for nothing that exists by nature can form a habit contrary to its nature. For instance the stone which by nature moves downwards cannot be habituated to move upwards, not even if one tries to train it by throwing it up ten thousand times; nor can fire be habituated to move downwards, nor can anything else that by nature behaves in one way be trained to behave in another. Neither by nature, then, nor contrary to nature do the virtues arise in us; rather we are adapted by nature to receive them, and are made perfect by habit.

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Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Wisdom Of The Week

William Lee Miller in his book Lincoln's Virtues explains beautifully in two simple sentences, the metamorphosis of Lincoln:
There would never come a time when Abraham Lincoln abandoned the role of politician, or rose above it to some allegedly higher moral realm. What he did instead as a lifelong politician was to realize that role's fullest moral possibilities. 

Quote of the Day




Friday, May 17, 2019

Quote of the Day

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Quote of the Day

Knowledge, then, can be dangerous because a rational mind may be compelled to use it in rational ways, allowing malevolent or careless speakers to commandeer our faculties against us. This makes the expressive power of language a mixed blessing: it lets us learn what we want to know, but it also lets us learn what we don't want to know. Language is not just a window into human nature but a fistula: an open wound through which our innards are exposed to an infectious world. It's not surprising that we expect people to sheathe their words in politeness and innuendo and other forms of doublespeak.

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Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Quote of the Day

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

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The Persistence of Memory by Carl Sagan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Quote of the Day

Curiosity is antifragile, like an addiction it is magnified by attempts to satisfy it.

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Nassim Taleb

Monday, May 13, 2019

Quote of the Day

A man is morally free when … he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.

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George Santayana