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    David Foster Wallace
    “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

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    David Foster Wallace
    “There's good self-consciousness, and then there's toxic, paralyzing, raped-by-psychic-Bedouins self-consciousness.”
    David Foster Wallace

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    David Foster Wallace
    “You have decided being scared is caused mostly by thinking. ”
    David Foster Wallace

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    Philip K. Dick
    “So books are real to me, too; they link me not just with other minds but with the vision of other minds, what those minds understand and see. I see their worlds as well as I see my own.”
    Philip K. Dick, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

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    David Foster Wallace
    “To me, at least in retrospect, the really interesting question is why dullness proves to be such a powerful impediment to attention. Why we recoil from the dull. Maybe it’s because dullness is intrinsically painful; maybe that’s where phrases like ‘deadly dull’ or ‘excruciatingly dull’ come from. But there might be more to it. Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient, low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least from feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly…but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places any more but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airport gates, SUVs’ backseats. Walkman, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes that today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down.”
    David Foster Wallace

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    Malcolm Gladwell
    “From experience, we gain a powerful gift, the ability to act instinctively, in the moment.”
    Malcolm Gladwell

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    Malcolm Gladwell
    “We live in a world saturated with information. We have virtually unlimited amounts of data at our fingertips at all times, and we’re well versed in the arguments about the dangers of not knowing enough and not doing our homework. But what I have sensed is an enormous frustration with the unexpected costs of knowing too much, of being inundated with information. We have come to confuse information with understanding.”
    Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

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    Malcolm Gladwell
    “the Four Horsemen: defensiveness, stonewalling, criticism, and contempt.”
    Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

  • #9
    Richard Ford
    “there’s no right way to plan a life and no right way to live one—only plenty of wrong ways.”
    Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank with You



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