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Book cover for Principles: Life and Work
Seek out the smartest people who disagreed with me so I could try to understand their reasoning. 2. Know when not to have an opinion. 3. Develop, test, and systemize timeless and universal principles. 4. Balance risks in ways that keep the ...more
Andy Weir
“But seeing his status doesn’t help,” Mindy said. “It’s not like we can do anything about it if he falls behind. This is a pointless task.”
“How long have you worked for the government?” Venkat sighed.”
Andy Weir, The Martian

Susan Cain
“It may also help explain why they’re so bored by small talk. “If you’re thinking in more complicated ways,” she told me, “then talking about the weather or where you went for the holidays is not quite as interesting as talking about values or morality.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

“Merrill Lynch lost $40 billion or so of its own money in 2008, and it wants to manage yours?”
Joshua M. Brown, Backstage Wall Street: An Insider's Guide to Knowing Who to Trust, Who to Run From, and How to Maximize Your Investments

Yuval Noah Harari
“In Homo sapiens, the brain accounts for about 2–3 per cent of total body weight, but it consumes 25 per cent of the body’s energy when the body is at rest.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“Don’t give them enough time to arrange a solid defense. We’ve got to appear against them like an uncontrollable nightmare of spears and battle-axes and flashing swords!”
Xenophon, Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War

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