“Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not.”
Fascinating read on the mortality paradox
“Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”
Timeless wisdom from Viktor Frankl
“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them.”
A 1934 guide to overcoming worry and mastering life.
“Stress signified hardship, and endurance was needed to deal with it. Now … we ‘work’ to overcome stress; we don’t suffer it.”
Stress as metaphor
Genius means that someone can be gifted with one type of cognition while being average or below average in another.
There are many definitions of intelligence competing for attention in popular culture. But the definition that has guided my research and that applies throughout the book is a very simple one. The genius of dogs — of all animals, for that matter, including humans — has two criteria:
- A mental skill that is strong compared with others, either within your own species or in closely related species.
- The ability to spontaneously make inferences.
A journey into “what compelled Plath to peek over the edge and stare into the abyss of the human psyche.”
“Genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”
“Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life. They bring together the past and the future into the present to provide us with structures for working towards our goals. They give us a sense of identity and, most importantly, serve to integrate the feelings of our right brain with the language of our left.”
How to stay sane:
“Bad data in equals bad data out. Algorithms that dating sites have spent millions of dollars to refine aren’t necessarily bad. They’re just not as good as we want them to be, because they’re computing our half-truths and aspirational wishes.”
“It is in fact the discovery and creation of problems rather than any superior knowledge, technical skill, or craftsmanship that often sets the creative person apart.”
Dan Pink on “ambiverts,” “problem-finders,” and the surprising secrets of selling your ideas.
“The greatest pleasure in science comes from theories that derive the solution to some deep puzzle from a small set of simple principles in a surprising way.”
How to think like Sherlock Holmes – fascinating lessons in mindfulness and creativity from the beloved detective:
“If intellect is welcome anywhere in the other world, it is in hell, not heaven.”
Mark Twain on morality vs. intelligence:
“Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want.”
A wonderful 1949 guide to doing what you love.
“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago.”
Montaigne on death and the art of living, at the link: