Friday, December 27, 2013

43 Brilliant Musings From Nassim Taleb's Facebook Page

  • Quite a predicament to be both evil and risk averse
  • It is a sad situation to be boring without being virtuous. 
  • It takes a lot of skills to be virtuous without being boring. 
  • Intelligence without imagination: a deadly combination.
  • There is no more unmistakable sign of failure than that of a middle-aged man boasting of his successes in college.The danger of reading financial & other news (or econobullshit) is that things that don't make sense at all start making sense to you after progressive immersion.
  • A good man is warm and respectful towards the waiter or people of lower rank.
  • Injuries done to us by others tend to be acute; the self-inflicted ones tend to be chronic.
  • We often benefit from harm done to us by others; almost never from self-inflicted injuries. 
  • A great book eludes summaries. A great aphorism resists expansion. The rest is just communication.
  • What counts is not *what* people say, it is *how much* energy they spend saying it. 
  • Many want to learn how to memorize things; few seek that rare ability to forget.
  • High Modernity: routine in place of physical effort, physical effort in place of mental expenditure, & mental expenditure in place of mental clarity.
  • If you have something very important to say, whisper it. 
  • The ultimate freedom lies in not having to explain "why" you did something.
- More Here and even more in his book The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

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