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Decision-making:

  • "The sailor cannot see the north / but knows the needle can."
  • "If you cannot decide, the answer is no."
  • "Is there another way?  Resist 'two choices' tendency."
  • "Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term."
  • "If you have two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term."
  • "All of life is a wager."
  • "Does this choice enlarge me or diminish me?"
  • "There are no solutions. There are only tradeoffs."
  • "A simple heuristic to ask yourself: Is this choice going to make the future easier or harder?"
  • "Whatever health and wholeness is, it surely involves aligning our outer choices with our inner reality. When the path we are on is right for our souls, the energy is there. When what we are doing is wrong for us, we can temporarily mobilize energy in service to goals, and often we must, but in time such forced mobilization leads to irritability, anger, burnout, and symptoms of all kinds. When what we are doing is right for us, the feeling function supports us. That is, our autonomous feeling system supports rather than opposes our choices. The support of this autonomous evaluative process confirms the rightness of our choices, even when those around us do not endorse them. When we are doing what is right for us, we will feel a sense of purpose, meaning, and satisfaction, and that communicates itself to others also."

Education:

  • "Schools trade curiosity for compliance."
  • "Social science means inventing a certain brand of human we can understand."
  • "The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated, having traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge."

Employment:

  • “The secret to doing good research is always to be a little underemployed.  You waste years by not being able to waste hours.”
  • “The difference between slaves in Roman and Ottoman days and today’s employees is that slaves did not need to flatter their boss.”

Freedom:

  • "The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them."
  • "The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right."
  • "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Friendship:

  • "Friendship is about emotional security."

Goals:

  • "Not wanting something is as good as having it."
  • "Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want."
  • "Judge a goal by how well it changes your actions in the present moment."
  • "What do you want now, vs. what do you want most?"
  • "Ex-jobs, ex-girlfriends, ex-cities - work on having on ex-goals."
  • "Have systems, not goals."
  • "A vision without execution is a hallucination."

Health:

  • "A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love - these things cannot be bought, they must be earned."
  • "The first rule of handling conflict is: 'Don’t hang around people who are constantly engaging in conflict.'"
  • "When it comes to medicine and nutrition, subtract before you add."
  • "Anger is a hot coal that you hold in your hand while waiting to throw it at somebody else."
  • "Time management should be a downstream decision based on your energy management priorities."
  • "You can always tell someone to go to hell tomorrow."
  • "Uncertainty, not outcome, is the root of stress."
  • "Most of our suffering comes from avoidance."
  • "Peace is happiness at rest."
  • "Today’s diseases are those of abundance."
  • "Hard choices, easy life; easy choices, hard life."
  • "Just like you can over-think it, you can over-feel it."
  • "Stoicism is the domestication, not the eliminations, of emotions."
  • "The ultimate luxury is not rushing."
  • "Cool head, main thing."
  • "If you're so smart, why aren't you happy?"
  • “A healthy man wants a thousand things, a sick man wants only one.”
  • "Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude."
  • “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary."
  • "A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to things outside of their control."
  • "Happiness is evident more by its absence than by its presence."
  • "What makes me happy is being self-actualized."
  • "Love is the only rational act."

Human nature:

  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
  • "Self-awareness is the most attractive trait."
  • "The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart."
  • "A nerd: a person who knows his own mind enough to mistrust it."
  • "Usually, what we call a 'good listener' is someone with a skillfully polished indifference."
  • "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
  • "The desire to control other people (always for the greater good) is the root of evil."
  • "Every exceptional person is built in solitude."
  • "Nothing human is alien to me."
  • "Charisma is the ability to project confidence and love at the same time."
  • "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence."
  • "Reasonable people can disagree."

Inverting:

  • "Instead of role models, ask: who are my anti-models?"
  • "Rather than wondering what will make me happy, ask: what is certain to make me miserable?"
  • "It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”
  • "What can you not stand not doing?"
  • "It is easier to engineer than to reverse-engineer."

Learning:

  • "Knowledge is reached (mostly) by removing junk from people’s heads."
  • "A good book changes your mind; a great book changes your actions."
  • "Only the autodidacts are free."

Lifestyle:

  • "The modern devil is cheap dopamine."
  • "The things you own end up owning you."
  • “We are hunters; we are only truly alive in those moments when we improvise; no schedule, just small surprises and stimuli from the environment.”
  • "It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"
  • "Home is the place where there is no friction."
  • "Beware of the tyranny of the trivial."
  • "We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions."
  • "You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results."
  • "Habits begin as cobwebs and end up as chains."
  • "You’re spending time to save money when you should be spending money to save time."
  • "Go slow to go fast."
  • "Less is more."
  • “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.​”
  • "Abundant time trumps abundant goods."
  • "You don't habituate to the things you love."
  • "Silence is a great canvas for your thoughts. That vacuum helps turn all of your inputs into output. That lack of interruption helps you flow."
  • "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."
  • "Stay hungry, stay foolish."
  • "Part of waking up is that you live your life as you see fit. And understand: That is not selfish. The selfish thing is to demand that someone else live their life as YOU see fit. That’s selfish."
  • “If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive.”
  • "Spend your money where you spend your time."
  • “These walls are funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That's institutionalized.”
  • "For everything, use boredom in place of a clock, as a biological wristwatch, though under constraints of politeness."
  • "The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
  • "It's easier to change yourself than to change the world."
  • "All the best, happiest, and most creatively productive times in my life have something in common: being disconnected. No internet. No TV. No phone. No people. Long uninterrupted solitude."
  • "(T)he two things I can’t do without for long are solitude and silence."
  • "Highs that don’t lead to subsequent lows: meditation, gratitude, prayer, journaling, unconditional love; yoga, exercise, play, nature walks; creating art, reading for fun, singing, poetry; practicing a craft, pursuing curiosity, work done for its own sake, flow."
  • "The price of productivity is creativity."
  • "Social media is a force multiplier for mass hysteria and mass greed."
  • "A heuristic on whether you have control of your life: can you take naps?"
  • "If you know, in the morning, what your day looks like with any precision, you are a little bit dead – the more precision, the more dead you are."
  • "For a classicist, a competitive athlete is painful to look at; trying hard to become an animal rather than a man, he will never be as fast as a cheetah or as strong as an ox."
  • "No one wants the burden of being the answer to your dissatisfaction."
  • "Many things seem great in theory, but are not in practice."
  • "Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor."
  • "We are born knowing that life is a magical adventure and it takes them decades to train us to believe otherwise."
  • "When you avoid failure, you also opt-out of greatness."
  • "The most important habit is saying no."
  • “We can spend decades climbing the ladder, only to realize too late that we have placed it against the wrong wall."
  • "When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure."
  • "Get busy living or get busy dying."
  • "Value your time. It is all you have."
  • "For everything, there is a first time."

Men and women:

  • "In the past, only some of the males, but all of the females, were able to procreate. Equality is more natural for females."
  • "The secret to a happy marriage is that spouses should not see each other before noon."

Nature:

  • "The iron rule of nature is: you get what you reward for. If you want ants to come, you put sugar on the floor."
  • "The cosmos is also within us: we're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
  • “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

News:

  • "The goal of media is to make every problem your problem."
  • “To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers.”

Philosophy:

  • "Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest."
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”
  • “The more you know, the less you diversify.”
  • “To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.”
  • "The reason to win the game is so that you can be free of it."
  • "10,000 iterations, not 10,000 hours."
  • "Experience plus intelligence equals wisdom."
  • “What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson.”
  • "Lying is the foundation of all crimes and follies."
  • "The fundamental delusion — there is something out there that will make me happy and fulfilled forever.”
  • "The source of wisdom is pain."
  • "Hope is the belief that this moment isn’t good enough."
  • "Learning to enjoy being alone is a superpower."
  • "Actions, not words, reveal who you are."
  • "Cocktail parties are more useful than classrooms."
  • "Those who have a ‘why’, can bear almost any ‘how'."
  • "The only way is through."
  • "Want a wonderful spouse, to be rich, and well-liked?  Deserve it."
  • "We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we have only one."
  • "Your first reaction is usually outdated."
  • “The imagination of the genius vastly surpasses his intellect; the intellect of the academic vastly surpasses his imagination.”
  • “You have a real life if and only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits."
  • "If you're not seeking approval, they have no power."
  • "You can’t awaken someone who is pretending to be asleep."
  • "The test of any good system is: you build a system, hand it over to your enemies to run for the next decade."
  • "Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
  • "Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from."
  • "The problem is taking any one person’s advice too seriously. Ideally, asking advice should be like echolocation. Bounce ideas off of all of your surroundings, and listen to all the echoes to get the whole picture. Ultimately, only you know what to do, based on all the feedback you’ve received and all your personal nuances that no one else knows."
  • “In any situation in life, you only have three options. You always have three options. You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it. It's that struggle, that aversion, that is responsible for most of our misery. The phrase that I probably use the most to myself in my head is just one word: accept.”
  • “Every person you have ever met, every person you will pass in the street today, is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?”
  • "Never underestimate the laziness of your predecessors."
  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
  • "Sacrifice is the giving of a value and expecting either nothing or something less in return."
  • "The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."
  • “Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
  • "We can't guarantee success, but we can deserve it."
  • "Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire."
  • "It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners."
  • "Judging others is good for a quick dopamine hit, but how long until you’re addicted?"
  • "All knowledge is conjectural."
  • “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”
  • "You get through things by going through them."
  • “Impatience with actions, patience with results.”

Psychology:

  • "The human psyche wants two things: it wants a fuller expression of its own possibilities, and it wants self-healing."
  • "The spirit of evil is negation of the life force by fear. Only boldness can deliver us from fear. And if the risk is not taken, the meaning of life is violated."
  • “The greatest burden a child must bear is the un-lived life of the parents.”
  • "Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit."
  • "What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you. You are always a slave to what you’re not aware of."
  • “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
  • "Resentment tells you one of two things. One, is that someone’s treading on your territory and something needs to be done about it. Or that you need to grow the hell up and stop complaining."
  • "The motives for avoidance rise from our existential proclivities to fear and lethargy, and both nemeses win more battles than they lose. All the while, the soul is roiling beneath, sending up protests, distress calls, SOS messages, bills of indictment, and so on."
  • "A complex is history on parade."
  • "In a letter in the 1950s, Jung observed that the work of being an evolved human being consists of three parts. Psychology can bring us insight, but then, he insisted, come the moral qualities of the individual: courage and endurance."
  • "Insight, courage, and endurance — not a bad litany of which to be mindful every day."
  • "Wherever there is a hysterical certainty, and there is much in our land, it is because doubt has already planted its black flag inside the soul and the ego is running away like a child."
  • "To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail."
  • "The things that we understand, create silence. The things that we do not, create emotion."
  • “If you would persuade, appeal to interest and not to reason.”
  • "We all walk and choose too small for us."
  • "We are all recovering children."
  • "Understand that when you change, everything changes."
  • "(F)or the great majority of the gifted, accomplished persons I have known, permission is not something given but something to be seized."
  • "Many in the context of therapy discover that what has depressed them, what they sought to distract, or anesthetize, or flee, is actually the larger life that wishes expression through them. The moment we realize that our life is really in our own hands, that it is a spiritual summons to be honored, and that we deprive others by not bringing our more developed selves to share, then we realize permission is not something given — but something to be seized."
  • "I would define the shadow as those parts of us, or of our groups and organizations, that, when brought to consciousness, are troubling to our concept of ourselves, contradictory to our professed values, or intimidating in what they might ask of our timid souls."
  • "To this day God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions and change the course of my life for better or worse.”
  • "But as I started working with them, really paying attention to this, I realized: What do I bring to them? What is the message that I’m supposed to be giving to these people? That they’re lost? They’re not going to feel lost. I mean, my evangelism teacher in bible school said, 'You’ve got to get them lost before you can get them saved.'"
  • "This is a truism: if you can’t understand why someone is doing something, look at the consequences of their actions, whatever they might be, and then infer the motivations from their consequences...Looking from the outside, if you only see the negatives of it, you blind yourself to why it continues.  How it still serves me.  And if you don’t know how something serves you, you can’t really understand why you keep doing it.  It’ll seem like a mystery to you."
  • "The question is not why the addiction, but why the pain."
  • "The quality of your mind is the quality of your life."
  • "For those habituated to high levels of internal stress since early childhood, it is the absence of stress that creates unease, evoking boredom and a sense of meaninglessness."
  • "Intuition is intelligence by means of the unconscious."
  • "Thou knowest this man's fall, but thou knowest not his wrassling."
  • "If it's hysterical, it's historical."
  • "What does it mean to recover something? It means to find it. When you recover something, you get it back. In other words, what we get back is ourselves. That self is never actually lost."

Relationships:

  • "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
  • "You don’t become completely free by just avoiding to be a slave; you also need to avoid becoming a master."
  • "(T)he heroic summons — namely, to lift off the intimate other the unfinished business of my own life. This I call heroic because it asks me to assume a burden much larger than feels comfortable. It asks that we outgrow the dependent part that is covertly eager to have someone take care of us. So we seek, unconsciously, to convert our partners into the good parent, the one who takes the task of self-esteem, of personal accountability, the responsibility for meeting most of our own needs, off our shoulders."
  • "There is no love that's so right as admiration-based love."
  • "There are plenty of failed marriages where the parties are still together."
  • "I tell my kids: don't date a girl you want.  Date a girl who wants you.  She'll treat you better."
  • "Be a good ender."
  • "Get to rejection quickly."
  • "Love is given, not received."
  • "Invest in those who invest in you."
  • "Invest and then test."
  • "The heart decides, the head rationalizes."
  • "Just as in matters of seduction, people lend the most to those who need them the least."
  • "Non-attachment doesn’t mean you don’t care. It means that you consciously work at being equally okay with every possible outcome."
  • “When you’re single you date other singles.  And when you’re a couple you date other couples.”
  • "Raising children: we are the stewards of their sovereignty."
  • "Behind every criticism, there’s often a wish."
  • "Love longs for closeness; desire thrives on distance."
  • "Don’t we all know why Brian Stevenson held on? Once his feet were off the ground, he was caught in a loss aversion loop from which the last chance to escape was always already gone. The transition from lending a hand, to holding on for dear life, to the soaring realization that the holding on may have been a fatal mistake probably took no more than a few seconds, but I’d bet that every one of those seconds Stevenson was thinking: “I should’ve let go before. It’s too late now.” Haven’t we all been caught in such traps? Who hasn’t been in a situation that seemed to make sense at the time, but that ultimately made no sense at all? Who hasn’t been mired in a toxic relationship with someone we love too much to leave right now, tonight?"
  • "What I found was that the number one most important issue that came up to these couples was trust and betrayal. I started to see their conflicts like a fan opening up, and every region of the fan was a different area of trust. Can I trust you to be there and listen to me when I’m upset?"
  • "We are not merely on a quest to be happy. We are on a quest to suffer in ways that feel familiar, and this radically undermines our capacity to find a good partner."
  • “The ability of a couple to soothe one another, to make the relationship a port in a storm, instead of another storm in people’s lives, is absolutely critical.”
  • "Our partners aren’t uniquely damaged. We just know them a lot better than the exciting stranger. Our partner suffers from the disadvantages of incumbency: of having been in our lives for so long that we have had the opportunity to be patiently introduced to the full range of their inadequacies. Our certainty that we might be happier with another person is founded on ignorance, the result of having been shielded from the worst and crazier dimensions of a new character’s personality—which we must accept are sure to be there, not because we know them in any detail, but because we know the human race."
  • "This is what can make unrequited love so vicious. By denying us the chance to grow close to the beloved, we cannot tire of them in the cathartic and liberating manner that is the gift of requited love. It isn’t their charms that are keeping us magnetized; it is our lack of knowledge of their flaws."
  • "The cruelty of unrequited love isn’t really that we haven’t been loved back; rather that our hopes have been aroused by someone who can never disappoint us, someone whom we will have to keep believing in because we lack the knowledge that would set us free."
  • "When we spot apparent perfection, we tend to blame our spectacular bad luck for the mediocrity of our lives, without realizing that we are mistaking an asymmetry of knowledge for an asymmetry of quality: We are failing to see that our partner, home, and job are not especially awful, but rather that we know them especially well. The corrective to insufficient knowledge is experience."
  • "Marriage is a giant inhibitor of impulse set up by our conscience to keep our libidinous, naive, desiring selves in check. What we are essentially buying into by submitting to its dictates is the insight that we are (as individuals) likely to make very poor choices under the sway of strong short-term impulses. To marry is to recognize that we require structure to insulate us from our urges. It is to lock ourselves up willingly, because we acknowledge the benefits of the long-term: the wisdom of the morning after the storm."
  • "Crushes are often misplaced ambition."
  • “There are three components of a relationship are: attraction, love, and compatibility.  We’re taught that love is incredibly rare.  It’s not.  If you spend enough time with someone, you’ll come to love them in some way. Compatibility is the rare one.”
  • "Hate is not the opposite of love.  The opposite of love is indifference."
  • "When working, surround yourself with people more successful than you. When playing, surround yourself with people happier than you."
  • "You want to be free and open while meeting a lot of people, until you meet the right one."
  • "'Trying' is the biggest mistake you can make early on in a relationship. It sets a false expectation you will eventually tire of."
  • "Merge hearts before merging bodies."

Society:

  • "A 'bigoteer': someone who seeks to profit from calling other people bigots, whether it be sexist, racist, etc."
  • "Guilt is society programming you so effectively that you are your own warden."
  • “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
  • "The highest form of status is to not care."
  • “Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners.”
  • "If you wanted to create a mental setting for slaves, you would convince them that today doesn't matter.  They're always working for tomorrow."
  • "'Consensus' is just another way of saying 'average'."
  • "The smart take from the strong."
  • "A hard-working person is often too busy to spot what's really significant."
  • "Tyranny is an informal alliance between the elites and a mob."
  • "They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom."
  • “You will be civilized on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling the slightest amount of guilt.”
  • "An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town."
  • "Whenever the word 'should' creeps up in your mind, it’s guilt or social programming. Doing something because you 'should' basically means you don’t actually want to do it."
  • "We have been conditioned to prove our worth by enduring pain."
  • "For a healthy society: free markets, free minds."
  • "It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
  • “Bureaucracy is a construction by which a person is conveniently separated from the consequences of his or her actions.”
  • "iPhones are here to distract us from how old everything is getting."
  • "She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of plain good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly."
  • "All systems insulated from feedback from free markets or natural forces eventually get corrupted."
  • "Only in recent history has 'working hard' signaled pride rather than shame for lack of talent, finesse, and, mostly, sprezzatura."
  • "It's tough to fight your genes."
  • "If we take man as he is, we make you worse, but if we take man, as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be."
  • "'No' is a complete sentence."
  • "If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
  • "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
  • "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
  • "The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe."
  • "High-status Americans walk the 50's and talk the 60's."

Success:

  • "Contra to the prevailing belief, 'success' isn’t being on top of a hierarchy, it is standing outside all hierarchies."
  • "The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."
  • "In this lifetime, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody except yourself."
  • “You do not want to win an argument. You want to win.”
  • "Luck is the residue of design."
  • "Success is the enemy of learning. It can deprive you of the time and the incentive to start over. Beginner's mind also needs beginner's time."
  • "Great questions are a much better indicator of future success than great answers."
  • “Oakeshott’s god was the fully realized individual.”

Thinking:

  • "It seems to me that (the internal structure of independent-mindedness) has three components: fastidiousness about truth, resistance to being told what to think, and curiosity."

Truth:

  • "Individuals search for truth, groups search for consensus."
  • "It’s easier to macro-bullshit than micro-bullshit."
  • "I realized something surprisingly profound: Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them. I’ll bet even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman felt that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious. So maybe what’s obvious to me is amazing to someone else."
  • "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
  • "How much you truly 'believe' in something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for it."
  • "Everything that is not forbidden by laws of nature is achievable, given the right knowledge."
  • "There's a deep connection between explaining the world and controlling it."
  • “Cherish those who seek the truth, but beware of those who find it.”
  • “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
  • "Truth has predictive power."
  • "Think of radical honesty like nudity: use when appropriate and prudent."
  • "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."
  • "A contrarian isn't someone who always objects - that's a conformist of another sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform."
  • "Rationality is avoidance of systemic ruin."
  • "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
  • "It's almost always possible to be honest and positive."
  • "The truest way to decline is just to say, 'it doesn’t feel right to me.' No explanation is necessary."
  • "Mimicking the herd invites regression to the mean."
  • "What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?"
  • "All knowledge is conjectural."

Wealth:

  • "People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can't fathom."
  • "If somebody can tell you when to be at work, and what to wear and how to behave, you’re not a free person.  You’re not actually rich."
  • “You are rich if money you refuse tastes better than money you accept.”
  • "Don't let money get in the way of wealth."
  • "Yes, but I have something he will never have - enough."
  • “A money manager with an IQ of 160 and thinks it’s 180 will kill you. Going with a money manager with an IQ of 130 who thinks its 125 could serve you well.”
  • “Money won't solve all your problems, but it will solve all your money problems.”
  • "What you do, who you do it with, and how you do it are way more important than how hard you work."
  • "The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting."
  • "The two biggest investing mistakes are panic buying and panic selling."
  • "Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful."
  • "You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous."
  • "It’s not how much you have. It’s the difference between what you have and what you spend. If you have more than you spend, you’re rich. If you spend more than you have, you’re not."
  • "The best way to make money is to be paid for your judgment."
  • "Whether you’re excited or nervous when your favorite asset falls in price marks whether you’re investing or merely speculating."
  • "Move to where the luck is."
  • "Opportunities exist where responsibility is abdicated."
  • "You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity - a piece of a business - to gain your financial freedom."
  • "In an age of infinite leverage, judgment becomes the most important skill."
  • "Technology is doing more with less; prosperity is having more with the same."
  • "To bankrupt a fool, give him information."
  • “Many mickles make a muckle.”
  • “The fact that people in countries with cold weather tend to be harder working, richer, less relaxed, less amicable, less tolerant of idleness, more (over) organized and more harried than those in hotter climates should make us wonder whether wealth is mere indemnification, and motivation is just overcompensation for not having a real life.”
  • “You can tell how poor someone feels by the number of times he references 'money' in his conversation.”
  • “Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.”