Autodidact Quotes

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Only the autodidacts are free.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Aletheia Luna
“The Old Soul is more inclined to be a lifelong learner, constantly feeding his thirst for insight through his own persistent efforts. His learning has not been forced into him through education or learned out of obligation, but has been absorbed out of curiosity and personal choice.”
Aletheia Luna, Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World

Aletheia Luna
“Respectable and elite careers are of no interest to the Old Soul who is much too tired to join in with the “my house is bigger than your house” games of society. If the Old Soul has to work, any job will usually do. It's very uncommon to find Old Souls in prestigious careers, unless they have some higher purpose at play behind the scenes.”
Aletheia Luna, Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World

Anthony M. Esolen
“For those of you who may be homeschooled: high school is that four-year asylum where they put teenagers because we have no idea what else to do with them.”
Anthony M. Esolen

Abhijit Naskar
“For self-educated scientists and thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Leonardo-da-Vinci, Michael Faraday, myself and many others, education is a relentless voyage of discovery. To us education is an everlasting quest for knowledge and wisdom.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Education Decree

“Watch movies. Read screenplays. Let them be your guide. […] Yes, McKee has been able to break down how the popular screenplay has worked. He has identified key qualities that many commercially successful screenplays share, he has codified a language that has been adopted by creative executives in both film and television. So there might be something of tangible value to be gained by interacting with his material, either in book form or at one of the seminars.

But for someone who wants to be an artist, a creator, an architect of an original vision, the best book to read on screenwriting is no book on screenwriting. The best seminar is no seminar at all.

To me, the writer wants to get as many outside voices OUT of his/her head as possible. Experts win by getting us to be dependent on their view of the world. They win when they get to frame the discussion, when they get to tell you there’s a right way and a wrong way to think about the game, whatever the game is. Because that makes you dependent on them. If they have the secret rules, then you need them if you want to
get ahead.

The truth is, you don’t.

If you love and want to make movies about issues of social import, get your hands on Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay for Network. Read it. Then watch the movie. Then read it again.

If you love and want to make big blockbusters that also have great artistic merit, do the same thing with Lawrence Kasdan’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark screenplay and the movie made from it.

Think about how the screenplays made you feel. And how the movies built from these screenplays did or didn’t hit you the same way. […] This sounds basic, right? That’s because it is basic. And it’s true. All the information you need is the movies and screenplays you love. And in the books you’ve read and the relationships you’ve had and your ability to use those things.”
Brian Koppelman

James Morcan
“One of the best examples of a polymath is Leonardo da Vinci. Born in Italy in 1452, Leonardo was a sculptor, painter, architect, mathematician, musician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, botanist, geologist, cartographer and writer. Although he received an informal education that included geometry, Latin and mathematics, he was essentially an autodidact, or a self-taught individual.”
James Morcan, GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ

“There is nothing to be gained by pretending that academic involvement is necessary, or even always desirable, in the quest for truth and knowledge.”
Christopher Langan

Milan Kundera
“A young woman forced to keep drunks supplied with beer and siblings with clean
underwear—instead of being allowed to pursue something higher —stores up great
reserves of vitality, a vitality never dreamed of by university students yawning over their
books. (...) The difference between the university
graduate and the autodidact lies not so much in the extent of knowledge as in the
extent of vitality and self-confidence. The elan with which Tereza flung herself into her
new Prague existence was both frenzied and precarious. She seemed to be expecting
someone to come up to her any day and say, What are you doing here? Go back where
you belong!”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Autodidacts have no boundaries.”
AdOrAbLe MiNd

“And when I think of my few acquisitions, I have to admit how fiercely the autodidact struggles for her education, and how incomplete that education remains. How illusory is any accumulation of knowledge!”
Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

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